A root canal therapy is a treatment for repairing badly decayed, inflamed or infected tooth to prevent further infections or tooth loss.
When is a root canal treatment needed?
A root canal treatment is required when the pulp (the part at the center of the tooth beneath the enamel which is composed of connective tissue) is inflamed or infected teeth. The cause of inflammation or infection could be deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth or external trauma, such as cracks, chipping or root fracture. Also, gum diseases can result in root canal problems.
How to determine whether you need a root canal treatment?
There are few symptoms to look out for, such as severe pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, sensitivity to touching and chewing, swelling and tenderness in gum tissues. However, if there are no symptoms, it would be difficult to determine the extent of the condition.
Root canal procedure
The procedure can be done in a single visit or multiple visits depending on many factors, such as the degree of infection, patient’s comfort, etc.
The procedure is not painful as the dentist uses anesthesia during the root canal procedure. First, the dentist will examine the dental set-up and take an X-ray of the tooth. Then, a local anesthesia will be administered.
After the tooth is numb, the dentist will make a small hole in the crown of the tooth. Next, the infected or inflamed pulp is removed and the root canal of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned. After the root canal has been cleaned, it is filled with a biocompatible material and the opening is sealed with a temporary filling that will be removed before placing the tooth restoration. To protect and restore the full functionality of the tooth, a crown or a similar restoration must be placed on top of it.
How successful is a root canal treatment?
It is very successful and helps to ease the pain, protect the tooth from being extracted, and restores the efficiency of chewing, normal biting, sensation, and natural appearance.
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