At the center of every tooth is a hollow area that houses soft tissues such as the nerve, blood vessels and connective tissue. This hollow area runs through the center of the root of a tooth similar to the way a pencil lead runs through a pencil. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the nerve becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause severe pain and/or swelling.
During Root Canal treatment the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber like material called gutta-percha.Treatment therapy typically takes 1-2 visits depending on the number, and anatomy of the root structure. Typically after a root canal is complete the tooth is in need of a restoration such as a crown.
Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp extends from the crown — the visible part of the tooth — to the tip of the tooth’s root in the jawbone. The pulp contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
Each tooth’s nerve enters the tooth at the very tip of its roots. From there, the nerve runs through the center of the root in small “root canals,” which join up with the tooth’s pulp chamber.
Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected.
WHAT’S THE CA– USE OF PULP INFLAMMATION?
The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes:
WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL PROCEDURE?
The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth’s root. A root canal is a procedure done to save the tooth. The damaged or dead pulp tissue is removed within the hollow canal inside the tooth. This canal is disinfected and then refilled with a rubber like material called gutta-percha.
Decades ago, root canal treatments often were painful. With dental advances and local anesthetics, most people have little if any pain with a root canal. In fact, it’s probably more painful living with a decayed tooth.
Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances.
Signs and symptoms may include:
STEPS OF ROOT CANAL THERAPY.
Very often the pain or discomfort present before the proceedure will be instantly gone when the anesthesia wears off. Sometimes the first few days after treatment, your tooth may still feel sensitive, especially if there was swelling or infection before the procedure.
ALTERNATIVES TO ROOT CANAL THERAPY.
Root canal alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth. If the tooth is removed possible options to replace the tooth may include a dental implant, bridge or partial removable denture. Not replacing an extracted tooth may lead to tooth migration/ shifting which could lead to cavities, gum issues, or possibly even further tooth loss. If you have the choice, it’s always best to keep your original teeth.
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