Dec 1, 2023

Most Commonly Asked Questions About Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure performed to treat an infection or inflammation in the pulp of a tooth. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to factors such as tooth decay, trauma, or a cracked tooth, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth and alleviate pain.

Here's an overview of the root canal procedure:

Diagnosis: The dentist will examine the tooth and may take X-rays to assess the extent of the infection and damage to the pulp.
Local Anesthesia: Before the procedure begins, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area.
Access Opening: A small opening is created in the tooth's crown to access the pulp chamber and root canals.
Removal of Infected Pulp: The dentist removes the infected or inflamed pulp from the pulp chamber and the root canals. The canals are then cleaned and shaped to prepare for filling.
Filling the Canals: The cleaned and shaped root canals are filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha to seal the space and prevent further infection.
Restoration: After the root canal, the access opening in the crown is sealed with a temporary or permanent filling. In many cases, a dental crown is placed to provide additional support and restore the tooth's functionality.

Root canal treatment is crucial for saving a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted due to severe infection or damage. It helps relieve pain, eliminate infection, and allows the tooth to remain functional for biting and chewing.

It's important to note that modern root canal procedures are typically comfortable due to the use of local anesthesia, and advancements in dental technology have made the process more efficient.

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