Root Canal Treatment
What do you mean by a root canal treatment?
A dental operation called a root canal is used to treat a tooth that is broken or infected. The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp from inside the tooth, cleaning and shaping the root canals, and then filling and sealing the space with a material called gutta-percha.
Here are the basic steps involved in a root canal treatment:
Anesthesia: The first step in a root canal treatment is to numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area with a local anesthetic.
Access: Once the tooth is numb, the dentist will create an access hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber.
Removal of pulp: Using specialised tools, the dentist will remove the damaged or infected pulp from inside the tooth and clean and shape the root canals.
Filling and sealing: After the canals have been cleaned and shaped, they are filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and then sealed with dental cement.
Restoration: Finally, the tooth is restored with a filling or a crown, depending on the extent of the damage.
The entire procedure may take one or more visits to the dentist, depending on the complexity of the case. After the root canal treatment, patients may experience some pain or discomfort, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Overall, root canal treatment is an effective way to save a damaged or infected tooth and prevent the need for extraction. With proper care, a tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
When does a dentist recommend for a root canal treatment?
A dentist may recommend a root canal treatment if the inner pulp of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. Here are some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal:
Tooth pain: Pain is often the first sign of a problem with the inner pulp of a tooth. The pain may be sharp or dull, and it may be constant or intermittent.
Sensitivity: A tooth that is sensitive to hot or cold temperatures may be a sign that the pulp inside the tooth is inflamed or infected.
Swelling: Swelling around the affected tooth may indicate that the infection has spread beyond the pulp and into the surrounding tissues.
Discoloration: A tooth that has become discoloured may be a sign of damage or infection to the pulp inside the tooth.
Gum tenderness: The gums around an infected tooth may be tender to the touch or appear red and swollen.
Abscess: A small bump or pimple-like growth on the gums near the affected tooth may indicate the presence of an abscess, which is a pus-filled pocket caused by infection.
See a dentist as soon as you can if you are having any of these signs or symptoms. A root canal treatment may be necessary to save the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth or body. Your dentist will evaluate the extent of the damage and recommend the appropriate treatment.