Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

About Root Canal

Root canal is the term popularly used for a root canal treatment.

Root Canal is the natural cavity within a tooth that houses the tooth's nerve and pulp. Root Canal treatment is the procedure of removing the nerve and pulp from the tooth, cleaning the tooth internally, and finally sealing it up. A root canal procedure is carried out on infected or decayed teeth to prevent the infection causing bacteria from increasing and spreading to surrounding tissues. Although a root canal treatment involves removing the tooth nerve, this does not affect a person much because once the tooth is fully grown, the nerve only acts as a sensory organ.

How do I know I need a Root Canal Treatment

Damaged nerve tissues and tooth pulp give rise to bacteria. If untreated, the bacteria spread through the roots of the tooth to other tissues and surrounding teeth and could cause abscesses. Infections that go untreated without a root canal procedure can also cause swelling on the face and neck. You might need a Root Canal treatment if you experience severe tooth ache during chewing food, experience prolonged pain in teeth exposed to heat/cold long after the source has been removed, have darkened or discolored teeth, or have swollen and tender gums. Although these symptoms do not necessarily mean you need to undergo a root canal procedure, you can call us and fix an appointment to get yourself checked.

The treatment procedure

A root canal treatment starts by taking an X-ray to study the root canals, the infection, and the extent to which it has spread. The dentist performing the root canal procedure will then give local anaesthesia to numb the surrounding area. To ensure that the area around the tooth is dry and free of saliva a sheet of rubber is placed around the tooth that's undergoing the root canal treatment.

After this an access hole is drilled into the tooth, and the tooth pulp, the bacteria, the decayed nerve tissue and other remaining detritus is removed from the tooth. The tooth is regularly flushed with water or sodium hypochlorite. The removal of unwanted materials from within the tooth is effectively the core part of a root canal treatment. Once this is done, your dentist may either seal the tooth immediately, or use a temporary seal for the time being and then permanently seal the tooth a week later. To fill up the root canal fillings, we also use dental materials like endofiles that have a rubber filling on top, and finally cover it with a crown.

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