Endodontic treatment, or root canal therapy, involves the removal and replacement of a tooth’s pulp. The pulp is the inner core of the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. If a tooth has been badly compromised from tooth decay or injured by trauma, bacteria can leak into the pulp and cause the pulp to die. This bacterial infection can then travel through the root of the tooth to the surrounding jaw bone. If not treated, the infection could lead to abscess formation and considerable pain.
Once a tooth has become infected, the only treatment options available are root canal therapy or extraction of the tooth. Because Drs. Jester and Saldivar maintain a very high success rate with root canal treatment, they will recommend this treatment over extraction of the tooth in most cases. If a tooth treated by root canal therapy is well-nourished by the tooth’s supporting structures and is properly cleaned and restored, it can continue to function for many years.
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