Root Canal Treatment

rootcanals-1What causes the need for root canal treatment?

The pulp which is soft tissue lies inside the tooth contains the blood supply and nerves of the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed it needs treatment. A deep cavity or a crack or break in the tooth can all be reasons for the pulp to become infected or inflamed. If not treated the bone around the tooth can become infected which can cause pain and swelling. The infection can damage the bone which holds the tooth in the mouth. Without treatment the tooth may need to be removed.

What is involved in root canal treatment?

  • An opening is made on the chewing surface of your tooth and into the pulp chamber
  • The pulp and nerve are removed and the root canal which is the space inside the roots is cleaned and then filled.
  • A temporary filling is placed in the tooth to prevent the bacteria from getting into the root canal. Antibiotics may be prescribed if infection has spread around the roots.
  • The next step is to restore the tooth with a crown or filling, after the temporary filling is removed. Usually a post is required as well.

A root canal treated tooth can last many years. Like other teeth though it can decay or break. Daily home care and regular dental visits will help maintain the health of the tooth.

 

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