15 November 2019

The ultimate guide to root canal treatment

Are you experiencing intense pain in your tooth? Has your endodontist advised you of a root canal treatment for the same?

Despite what you may have read online, the purpose of a root canal isn't to cause you pain or discomfort. Instead, the purpose of the procedure is to protect a tooth that is seriously infected. The National Institutes of Health states, a dentist performs the procedure to eradicate bacteria and decaying tissue of the tooth.

Advanced technology and procedures have helped root canals turn into relatively comfortable treatments that often need one or two trips to the endodontist. There are about a million root canal procedures successfully practiced by endodontists all around the world.

What is root canal treatment?

A root canal is a treatment practiced to save a tooth that is severely decayed or becomes infected and then repair it. While a root canal procedure is performed, the nerve and pulp are carefully removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected, and result in sores.

There is a soft tissue under the teeth, which helps to develop the root of your tooth, but when your tooth is entirely developed, the pulp is no longer needed. When this pulp is swollen or infected, root canal treatment comes into the picture. Root canal treatment is carried out to deal with eradicating the decayed pulp from inside your tooth.

The pulp infection can be affected due to extensive decay, crack in the tooth or a faulty crown, repeated dental procedures, etc. If left untreated, it can lead to a dental ulcer or intolerable pain.

Why should you get a Root Canal Treatment?

There are chances that with getting a root canal, your tooth may have to be removed. Your tooth is composed of living tissue and occupies minimal space in the canal of the tooth. These canals can differ in complexity, depending on the position of your tooth. A tooth that requires a root canal treatment is affected by the decayed pulp and dead blood vessels.

In such cases, the tooth itself can get infected, causing extreme pain. The procedure will remove all of the infection from the tooth by cleaning and filling the root. The antibiotics will only treat the symptoms and not the cause of the infection.

The procedure involved in Root Canal Treatment

The process of a root canal treatment can be done in one or several visits to your dentist, depending on the state of your tooth. After the examination, first, you will be given local anesthesia to numb the infected area. Then, a rubber bridge will be placed surrounding the area. Then, a hole will be created in the tooth to access the root canal. Once the damaged area is reached, the pulp (nerve) will be cleared out by your dentist, and the canal will be thoroughly cleaned. A dentist uses specially shaped files to clean out the root canals and empty the pulp and root canals are thoroughly disinfected.

The canal will then be filled and sealed, and the opening created to reach the root canal will be covered with a filling. A tooth that has had root canal therapy might be restored with a mixture if it is right in front of the mouth or more likely with a crown if it is at the back of the mouth.

At Shah's Dental Serenity, modern endodontic treatments are painless and help you maintain your natural smile. It gives you the freedom to eat without worrying about any pain. With due care, most teeth that have undergone endodontic treatment get longer life similar to your natural teeth and often for a lifetime.