These days, endodontic treatment, also known as Root Canal Therapy can be performed virtually pain free. Root Canal Therapy is the process of removing inflamed pulp (tooth nerve) from inside the tooth and filling the canals with a special root filling so the tooth can be saved, rather than removed.
Root Canal Therapy is the process of removing inflamed or dead pulp from inside the tooth and filling the canals with a special root filling so the tooth can be saved, rather than removed.
Once the pulp from the centre of the tooth has been removed the tooth can still function as a normal. Once the pulp is removed, each individual canal is cleaned, shaped and sterilised so a special canal filling can fill these canals to prevent infection re-occurring.
If you have a damaged tooth, root canal treatment may help to save it. Inside your tooth is soft tissue containing nerves, and blood and lymph vessels, known as the tooth pulp. When the pulp cannot repair itself from disease or injury, it dies. A fracture in a tooth or a deep cavity commonly cause pulp death, as the pulp is exposed to bacteria found in your saliva.
When the pulp becomes infected, it is best to remove it before it spreads to the tooth and surrounding tissues. The whole tooth may be lost if the infection is left untreated. Root canal treatment can save your tooth.
Root canal treatment may involve one to three visits to the dentist. A general dentist or an Endodontist (a specialist in pulp problems) will remove the pulp of the tooth. They will then clean and seal the pulp chamber and root canal/s.
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If you look after your teeth and gums, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime. However, you must have regular checkups to ensure that the tissues around it are nourishing the root of your treated tooth.