Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp tissue of the tooth is infected or dead due to an untreated decay, leaky fillings, trauma, a crack or chip in the tooth. Treatment includes the removal of the infected pulp and cleaning the root canal of the tooth and filling the canal space with tissue friendly fillers to save the tooth.
-It is important that root is filled all the way to prevent gaps which might cause an inflammation risk through bacteria in the future. It is essential that the canal treatment must be performed by an endodontists to avoid bigger problems in the future.
Why does the pulp need to be removed?
- When the pulp tissue is infected; bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber (contains blood vessels and connective tissues) which will cause an infection or even tooth loss.
If it is not treated;
*Bone loss could happen
*Swelling may spread to other parts of the face and even to the neck
When root canal treatment is needed
- Sensitivity to hot an cold food or liquids
- Severe tooth pain upon chewing
- Swelling and tenderness in nearby gums
- Exterior tooth discoloration
Advantages of a root canal
- Keep the bone around your tooth
- Don't have to extract the tooth
- Don't have to pay for an implant
Root canal treatment step by step
- Step 1; In the procedure is to take an X-ray to determine the shape of the root canals as well as determine if there are any infection in the surrounding bone.
- Step 2; Local anesthesia will be applied to numb the area near the tooth.
- Step 3; A small access hole will be drilled into the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals then the damaged or dead pulp will be removed along with the bacteria
- Step 4; Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be filled with canal fillings and then sealed to prevent new decay
Does a root canal hurt?
A root canal treatment might sound scary, but with today's technology, it is usually not much different from having a deep filling. There won't be any pain during the procedure since your dentist will apply local anesthesia to numb your tooth and nearby gums to make you comfortable. Your mouth will be numb while your dentist cleans out the decay, disinfects the pulp chamber and then fills them in.