What is a root canal?
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but often teeth get injured or suffer some form of disease. Years ago, injured or diseased teeth were typically pulled. Today, modern advances in dentistry have provided ways in which a tooth can be saved through a root canal treatment.
A root canal treatment is a relatively common technique that can help save your tooth from being extracted. It is a common method used to save teeth.
What does a Root Canal Treatment Involve?
- Your tooth is numbed for your comfort, and an opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
- The nerve (or pulp) is removed from the pulp chamber and canal (the space inside the root). Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled.
- Your dentist may place medicine in the pulp chamber and root canals to help eliminate bacteria.
- The root canals are usually filled with a rubber-like material to seal them.
- A temporary filling is then placed in the tooth to prevent contamination. If the infection has spread beyond the end of the root, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics.
- For the final stage of treatment, the dentist will remove the temporary filling and restore the tooth with a crown or a filling for strength and appearance.
Injury to Dental Pulp requires Treatment?
The dental pulp is a soft tissue inside the tooth. The pulp consists of blood vessels and nerves. When pulp is injured or infected, treatment is needed. Common causes of infected dental pulp are a deep cavity, and a cracked or chipped tooth. These symptoms can allow bacteria to enter the pulp and cause infection and injury.
Why should the pulp be removed?
If damaged or infected pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected. Pain and swelling often result. Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the bone that holds the tooth in the jaw. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed.
How long will the Root Canal Treatment last?
When properly restored, a tooth with a root canal filling can last for many years. But, like any other tooth, it can become decayed or fractured or the tissue around it can get gum disease.
Daily cleanings and regular dental exams will help keep your mouth healthy, whether you’ve had root canal treatment or not.
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