Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat pulp infection of a tooth. This is a pain-free procedure and it can save your tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted completely.
Did you know that our teeth have pulp that keeps them alive? Yes, you read it right!! Our tooth consists of two parts the root part and the crown part. The root contains the dental pulp that spreads from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root.
The Bacteria that live in our mouth cause infection at the centre of a tooth. This infection can also occur due to tooth decay, leaky fillings and damage to teeth as a result of trauma.
You need root canal treatment when the dentist confirms pulp damage after an x-ray. The pulp damage leads to bacterial infection and inflammation. This allows the bacteria to multiply and spread. Some of the symptoms of pulp infection are as follows:
If your symptoms disappear after the progression of infection then remember that the pulp is dead. Don’t think that the infection has recovered rather it may have spread through the root canal system. Some progressed symptoms can be:
if you develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms consult your dentist right away. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics, that will treat bacterial infections. This will help in treating the root canal infection effectively.
There are 3 steps the dentists perform to complete Root canal therapy. These steps may take multiple dental sittings. The steps are as follows:
In the first step, the dentist removes the infected pulp from the root canal. The dentist gives local anesthesia to the patient and then makes a small access hole on the tooth. After accessing the root canal, he/she will remove the dead pulp tissue with very small files.
In the next appointment, the dentist cleans the canal with tiny files and irrigation solutions. Then, the tooth is filled with an artificial pulp along with canal sealing material. After treatment, you will no longer feel any pain in that tooth. It is due to the elimination of nerves and infection.
Your tooth will be more fragile now than it was before. The tooth becomes brittle due to the removal of the pulp. To save the tooth from fracture or any other problem you need a crown. A crown provides strong protection to the tooth from external pressures. According to expert dentists, the patient should not chew on the tooth until they get a crown. Once there is a crown, the person can use the tooth as he was using it before.
Have you or a loved one had root canal therapy but haven’t got a crown yet? If yes then this is the accurate time to get a dental crown and save your precious tooth.
Dr. Sobhi has been practising dentistry for over 14 years. She and her team of experienced dental professionals love helping patients achieve their healthiest and most beautiful smiles possible.
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