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The pulp of your tooth is extremely important. It contains the nerves and the blood vessels that connect the tooth to your jaw, and essentially keeps the tooth alive and healthy. If your tooth becomes damaged from trauma, disease or neglect, bacteria can work its way into the pulp, infecting it.

In days gone by, if the pulp of your tooth became infected, the dentist would have had to extract it. However, thanks to the process known as a root canal, your tooth can be saved, even if the pulp has to be removed.

In a root canal, the dentist will use a small drill to access the pulp in your tooth. Then, he will extract the pulp from the root chamber. The dentist may also enlarge the chamber before cleaning it out make sure that it is free from any leftover pulp and bacteria. Then he will insert a substance called gutta percha into the chamber to fill the space left by the pulp. After sealing the tooth with a temporary filling, he will set an appointment for you to return for a follow-up visit and to place a permanent cap on the tooth. The dentist may also prescribe pain medication, an anti-inflammatory drug or an antibiotic. If pain or swelling in the area persists, contact the dentist right away.

If you are dealing with a troublesome tooth, our dentist, Dr. David J. Berg at Studio 1 Dental in Sacramento California will be happy to see you. To make an appointment at Studio 1 Dental, call 916.567.0900 today.