Root Canal Treatment
Also known as Endodontic therapy, it is medically designed to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. This treatment is performed when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth canal becomes infected or inflamed. Deep decay can cause the inflammation and infection, repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip inside the tooth.
Understanding the root canal
The lack of information about this treatment is what leads to fear and nervousness. Knowing about the process of the procedure should help eliminate any irrational fears. Similar to the root system of a plant organism, the canals of a tooth have the main branch and many smaller branches on its side. The whole tooth canal system needs to be sealed during the treatment to be successful in the long term.
Root canals are tiny spaces and therefore require precision to treat well. Most endodontics use radiographic imaging to diagnose root canal problems, and after treatment to verify that those canals are correctly sealed. Ultrasonic instrumentation is used to remove the old canal fillings, posts and to clean the canals. In addition, operating microscopes are used to locate and visualise the canal system in its entirety.
Root canal treatment process
· Identify and diagnose a deep infection.
· The dentist numbs the tooth.
· Particular files are used to clean and remove the infected or inflamed tissue.
· The open tooth canals are filled with gutta-percha, the tooth canal filling material which helps prevent further infection and contamination.
· A temporary filling is placed on top of the permanent gutta percha to seal the opening.
· Finally, the crown is cemented into place.
General possible symptoms
· Tooth pain that usually lessens or intensifies throughout the day.
· Tooth pain that worsens only when you bite down on the tooth.
· Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot food or liquids.
· Tender or swollen gums near the problem area.