Dental pulp is the soft area in the center of a tooth where the veins, nerve, and connective tissues are located. A tooth’s pulp can become infected if there is deep decay, if the tooth has had multiple dental procedures or has a large filling, if the tooth has a crack or chip, or if there is trauma to the face. When dental pulp becomes infected, Dr. Dennis Burrell may recommend a root canal in University Place, Washington. Root canal therapy is the process of removing infected dental pulp from a tooth and then filling and sealing the tooth. Our dentist is an endodontist, meaning he specializes in saving teeth.

When a tooth’s pulp becomes damaged, bacteria multiplies in the pulp chamber. If not removed, the bacteria can cause an infection. It can also cause an abscess, a pus-filled pocket, to form at the end of the tooth roots. An infection of the root canal can also cause swelling that may spread to the face, neck, or head. Bone loss may occur at the root. Drainage issues may also arise. This can cause a hole through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or skin.

To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, we welcome you to contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC today.