- Each tooth has a nerve and a blood vessel running through its roots; this is called the “pulp” of the tooth. Sometimes the pulp of a tooth becomes inflamed and causes pain or infection. That’s when your dentist will recommend removing the pulp through a root canal procedure. After the pulp is removed, the canals are cleaned and filled with a rubber-like material that helps preserve the tooth for day-to-day use.
- Most times, your dentist will recommend a crown to be placed over a tooth that has had a root canal because this helps strengthen the tooth and seal it against bacteria.
Be sure to take care of your teeth between cleanings. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t skip flossing!! Flossing is an important step to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Also, use a mouthwash to help control bacteria that could lead to plaque and tarter meanwhile keeping your breath fresh!