Root Canal Treatment
A root canal therapy is a procedure that involves eliminating the infected pulp from the tooth’s pulp chamber. The pulp chamber consists of several connective tissues and nerves that supply nutrition to the teeth and also help with its sensation. The dental pulp is also known to ensure stability and growth of the tooth. When a tooth suffers an external injury, it could badly damage the tooth. This can potentially expose the root canal to a lot of microbes, which in turn could badly infect the pulp. A root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that involves cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, after which it is completely sealed. After sealing off the tooth, the dentist would carefully place a dental crown on it to restore its functionality.
It is safe and effective in preserving the original tooth structure instead of having it extracted, which otherwise could lead to the infection spreading to the nearby teeth as well.
What are the common symptoms of a root canal infection?
Endodontist suggests that a typical root canal procedure would be advised in the following scenarios.
- The infected tooth would exhibit high sensitivity, much more than the surrounding teeth.
- There could be a release of pus from the gums.
- You may find traces of blood while brushing your teeth.
- Persistent bad breath despite brushing thoroughly.
- There would be a sharp pain in the tooth when you bite, chew, or when the tooth comes in contact with anything.
What is the procedure that is involved in a root canal therapy?
The primary goal of a root canal therapy is to eliminate the infected pulp from the tooth's root canal. The dental pulp is present at the core of the tooth structure. It composes of several blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerve endings. A trained endodontist would perform a root canal procedure on a tooth which is badly infected. The procedure would involve creating a small access hole into the central cavity of the tooth. The infected tissues will then be removed through this hole. Once the pulp is removed, the cavity is cleaned and filled with a biocompatible material.
Next, the dentist would seal the hole and a restoration, such as a dental crown, would be placed on top of the tooth. The dental restoration would be customized to match the shape, size, and contour of teeth. It prevents the tooth from failure, such as cracks, fractures, or even crumbling.
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