Root Canals & Periodontics

Morris Periodontics, Lee's Summit MO

Infections of the nerve and pulp of the tooth are treated by endodontic therapy (root canals). During this procedure, an access hole is made through the crown of the tooth and the diseased pulp (nerve, vein, artery, connective tissue) is removed.

The nerve of the tooth enters and exits through an opening at the bottom of the root. Sometimes the infection will leak out into the surrounding tissues. In some instances it can mix with periodontal bacteria and a combination lesion is formed. These lesions can be difficult to diagnose and treat. When in doubt, the periodontal infection is treated first because it is a less invasive procedure.

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