Root Fillings save teeth that would otherwise require
A Root Filling is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue
inside the root canal, becomes irreversibly damaged when inflamed or infected. The
inflammation or infection can derive from a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated
dental procedures on the tooth because of recurrent decay, a crack or a chip in the
tooth. A trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips
or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain and may
lead to an abscess.
Although the pulp is removed, the treated tooth remains
nourished by the surrounding tissues. After the pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and
root canals are cleaned, disinfected, filled and sealed. The tooth is further restored to
full function with either a filling or more often a crown.