Root Canal Treatment
Within the walls of each tooth, a strand of dental pulp – provides the tooth with nerves, nutrients, connective tissue and blood vessels and laces downward into the root. If the dental pulp gets diseased, the pulp dies, cutting off the nutrients and nerve signals which the tooth needs to stay healthy. If the diseased pulp is left untreated in the tooth, the tooth will become infected, forcing it to extraction.
Root canal treatment is a procedure to repair and save the damaged or infected tooth. This treatment involves extracting the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The underlying causes that affect the pulp can be a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, routine dental treatment to the tooth or trauma.
What all you can expect during a Root Canal Procedure?
If your dentist doubts you may need a root canal treatment, he would first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays of your tooth to identify the decayed tooth.
Local anaesthesia is given through injections to numb the tooth that needs to be treated along with the surrounding tissues.
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A thin sheet of vinyl will be placed over the affected and adjacent teeth to enable the root canal treatment is carried out in a sterilized environment, free from contamination by microorganisms found in saliva or the mouth.
During this treatment, the entire diseased pulp tissue is completely removed from both the crown and root. The canals are cleaned, medicated and filled with a resorbable material (usually a stainless steel crown). A crown or cap is placed on top of the tooth to restore its appearance and strength. Multiple visits to your dentist are often required for your root canal treatment, depending on your situation.
After the root canal procedure, you may experience pain for few days. The pain can vary from a dull ache to sharp acute pain. But you should be able to handle your discomfort with an over-the-counter painkiller. If the pain is too intense or keeps shooting at intervals, don’t hesitate to consult your dentist.
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