Root Canal Treatment

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What is Root Canal treatment?

If you experience excruciating pain in your tooth might be caused by an infected tooth pulp. When teeth get damaged, due to decay, disease or injury, the tooth pulp and other soft tissues inside can become inflamed and painful.

In short, to save a tooth that has been badly damaged, your dentist will removing the infected tooth pulp, take out the injured nerve and alleviate the pain, and replace it with a filling.

Click here to watch a video of root canal procedure (look under ‘Endodontics’ section)

Why Root Canal treatment is needed?

Root canal treatment is generally the preferred option to extraction as your own natural tooth is stronger and more effective for chewing and biting while cleaning and maintenance is a lot easier.

If you choose to leave the tooth untreated an infection may occur which could spread to the jaw. Pus can build up and cause pain while cysts may also develop. In some cases if the infection is left untreated it can lead to facial swelling which may require more aggressive treatment.

What exactly happens in a Root Canal treatment?

During a Root Canal treatment the inflamed or infected pulp inside the tooth 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. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown- porcelain/ metal or filling for protection from fracture of tooth. After restoration,  the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

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Causes:

Deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth common cause or root canal treatment. 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 pain or lead to an abscess. Most teeth can be treated by root canal treatment. Occasionally, a tooth can’t be saved because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored. In such situations, your dentist may need to  pull tooth out or save tooth by endodontic surgery by a specialist.

Call our friendly dental team today to discuss treatment.

Also see videos about Root Canal and other procedures – Click the ‘Patient Education Videos button below. 

 

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