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Did You Know
It’s not Pulp Fiction! Dental pulp is one source of cells which can be used in stem cell therapy. In the future these cells could be used in treating disease (Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, muscular dystrophy) and for cosmetics (wrinkles, skin colouration, baldness).
"Two root canals resolved with ease and not painful“
(Mr. T.H - Ref: 13.10.07.02).
Root Canal treatment
The pulp within the centre of a tooth can become infected by deep decay, a fractured tooth or excessive wear of enamel and dentine.
Your dentist may identify pulp infection before you experience any symptoms. Early symptoms may include pain or gum swelling and if left untreated you may lose the tooth. In extreme circumstances, your face may become swollen (dental abscess) and you can even lose some of the supporting jaw bone.
Saving Your Tooth
If the infection cannot be treated there are only two options: Root canal treatment (the first option) saves the tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted (the second option).
The root canal system which contains the pulp can run the full length of the tooth, and may contain a number of root canals. The treatment involves the removal of the infected pulp, followed by the filling and sealing of the pulp chamber and root canals. Contrary to popular belief the treatment is painless. There may be some temporary after-treatment discomfort but no more than for a tooth filling.
Although the tooth will have lost its vital tissues within, the treatment preserves the health of surrounding vital tissues (the gum, periodontal membrane and supporting bone) and the tooth can continue to function normally.