Q: What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment also called Endodontic treatments and it is done when decay will likely damage or has already killed a tooth. Simply, a root canal is procedures of removal the infected pulp tissue and replacement of a tooth pulp. This procedure may be performed by a general dentist or a specialist (endodontist). The treatment usually required more than one visit.
Q: What is pulp and root canal?
Pulp is soft tissue containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. The pulp is found in a canal that runs through the center of the root. The pulp extends from the pulp chamber in the crown down through the root canal to the tip of the root in the jawbone. A tooth has only one pulp chamber but may have more than one root and several root canals
Q: Why do I need root canal treatment for my teeth?
When your tooth's pulp becomes damaged by injury or disease and cannot repair itself, bacteria and their products can leak into the pulp and cause the pulp to die. If a root canal procedure is not performed, it can cause considerable pain. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be extracted if left untreated, abscess at the root tip may getting serious and facial swelling may happen.
The GOAL of root canal treatment is to PRESERVE YOUR TOOTH! In the past, injured or diseased teeth frequently had to be removed. Today, they often can be saved through Root canal treatment.
Q: How is root canal treatment done?
Here is what you can expect when you schedule a root canal treatment.
- First visit:
The dentist will inject local anaesthetic, to numb the affected area and ensure your comfort during the treatment. Then, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth to reach the pulp chamber. The pulp is removed, and then the root is cleaned and shaped. During the shaping procedures, the dentist may need to take a small X-ray to confirm the length of each canals. After the shaping and cleaning, medication may be added to the pulp chamber and root canal(s) to help eliminate bacteria. A temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to keep saliva out. Antibiotics may be prescribed if an infection is present and has spread beyond the end of the root(s).
- Next visit:
The dentist will review the tooth again. If there is pain or discomfort, and there are signs of healing, the dentist will proceed to the next step. The temporary filling is removed, the root canal is filled and permanently sealed. Another X-ray will be taken to confirm the complete seal of the canals to prevent future reinfection. A metal or plastic rod or post may be placed in the root canal for extra structural support.
Next, you probably need your dentist to perform crown treatment (Cap) to strengthen the tooth from damage. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, depending on the location of the tooth, the color of the tooth and the amount of natural tooth remaining. Discuss with your dentist which option is best for you.
Q: How long the root canal treated tooth can last?
The treated tooth can remain healthy as long as its roots are nourished by the surrounding tissues. Good oral hygiene at home and regular dental visits (maintenance) can help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you take good care of it, the restored tooth could last a lifetime.
Finally, Root canal treatment treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had.