What is this treatment?
Root Canal Therapy is a dental procedure where the infected pulp (nerve and blood vessels) of a tooth is removed and replaced with a filling. Afterwards, the tooth is restored to a functional state with a crown or filling.
How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
Root canal or endodontic treatment - is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, or fractured tooth that has exposed the pulp, to name a few. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
During root canal or endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp 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, it is recommend the tooth is restored with a crown for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
The benefits of this treatment are
- It can save the natural tooth which will then continue to function like any other tooth.
- You can continue to eat the foods you love with efficient chewing, normal biting force and sensation.
- With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
- It helps you maintain your natural smile.
How many visits are needed?
It will vary as per case and the dentist would be the best judge to decide that.
What do I do after a root canal?
After a root canal, a crown might be necessary to protect the weakened tooth structure. Your dentist would be able to discuss the post root canal options with you.