Relieve your Pain and Save your Smile with Root Canal Therapy
With all of the modern dental advances, along with the use of local anaesthetics, root canal treatments or endodontic treatments are no longer as painful as they used to be.
In fact, it is more painful to live with a diseased tooth rather than undergo root canal therapy. When a tooth is badly damaged or infected, your two choices are generally root canal therapy or an extraction.
Why Root Canal Therapy?
If you have a deep cavity or a cracked tooth, bacteria will enter into your tooth’s pulp causing a severe infection or a tooth abscess. Once this happens, the pulp which consists of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves will die and you could suffer from bone loss and eventually lose the tooth itself.
What does Root Canal Therapy Involve?
First and foremost, we would need to determine whether the lost tooth structure can be restored, or in other words, if the tooth can be saved. The procedure itself involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), decontaminating it and then shaping, filling, and sealing it. Once the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels (the pulp) are removed from the tooth, the next practical step is that the tooth be fitted with a crown. Here is a step-by-step breakdown of a root canal procedure that may take up to two visits to complete:
- X-Rays will be taken to pinpoint exactly where the decay is located
- Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the tooth and the surrounding area
- A pulpectomy is performed – an opening is made through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber
- The diseased tooth pulp is removed through the use of special files
- The canals are then shaped to accommodate the filling material and irrigation is used to decontaminate
- The roots are then filled with permanent material (sometimes gutta-percha)
- Additional support is sometimes needed, so a post might be placed into the root next to the permanent filling material or gutta-percha.
- The tooth is then rebuilt by placing a permanent filling or a crown on top of the tooth
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