Root Canal Treatment

Years ago, a badly infected, painful tooth or one that had significant decay, was doomed to be extracted.Today, a majority of these teeth can be salvaged by a special dental procedure called ROOT CANAL TREATMENT.

There are many reasons that a root canal may be needed but the most common cause is caries (the uncontrolled process of tooth decays.

When tooth decay begins, it penetrates the outer layer of enamel and creates a cavity. If that process is not stopped, the decay will continue towards the nerve of the tooth.

Other causes include a fracture that exposes the pulp, traumatic injury such as a blow to a tooth, a cracked or loose filling or repeated fillings in a tooth and occasionally from periodontal Igum) disease.

At times a Root Canal Therapy is also recommended as a preventive measure.

Before Root Canal
If you learn how healthy teeth can become damaged, you will understand why root canal therapy may be the best treatment to restore your mouth to a healthy state.
An outer enamel layer and Healthy tooth the healthy tooth dent on inside protects the tooth’s underlying structures and prevents bacteria from entering the tooth.
The pulp helps nourish the via blood and lymph vessels that carry nutrients and waste to and from the tooth, and gives the tooth feeling via the nerves.
The root canals house the pulp extends to the underlying bone. The bone holds the tooth with help of tiny periodontal ligaments attached to the roots.
The pulp tissue enters and exits through openings at the root tips. Bacteria can invade your through a loose filling, a cavity, or a crack.Your pulp becomes and infected as it is attacked by bacteria.
Eventually, the bacteria may destroy the pulp.The inflammation and infection canal, often causing sensitivity to hot or cold foods, throbbing, aching, or pain when you chew.
Your bone may become infected and abscessed as bacteria escapes though the root openings. The bane breaks down, and your periodontal ligaments may swell and loosen your tooth.
Once it has been determined  that root canal treatment is necessary, you will be scheduled for one or more appointments. Your visits may last 30 mins to two hours, and you may receive local anesthesia.
The goal of the root canal therapy is to improve the health of your damaged tooth by removing the pulp from your root canals through a small opening in the crown.
Then the canals are sealed with special materials to prevent bacteria from reaching your bone. Your dentist then restores the outside of your tooth so it will function properly and have a healthy appearance.
After root canal therapy, your tooth continues to be nourished by your surrounding gums and bone.
First, your Dentist makes an opening in your tooth and removes any filling and decay. Then, the unhealthy pulp is removed. Your Dentist then gently cleans and smooths your canals ta prepare them for the canal-filling materials.
After the pulp has been removed, your Dentist fills the canals with tiny cone-shaped rubber like material, usually gutta-percha with the help of a sealant.

After root canal filling the tooth is restored to protect your tooths underlying structures. If your tooth needs extra support, some of the guttapercha may be removed and a post, usually stainless steel or fiber-post is inserted.

  • A filling usually silver or a tooth-coloured core materialmay be used to fillthe opening.
  • Crown. in majority of cases is usually metal,metal ceramic, metal free (zirconia or porcelain) may be used to cover the root canal treated tooth.

This treatment is done to avoid multiple injections & multiple visits, thus reducing the patient apprehension & saving time.

  • Absolutely painless and extremely comfortable.
  • Generally completed in a single sitting of half an hour to one hour. Four to seven root canals can be performed in a single sitting.
  • Single Sitting Root Canal Therapy can be performed in selected cases only.
Yes. Very often milk and permanent teeth in children may require Root Canal Therapy, though the procedure varies slightly in milk teeth.
After the inside of your teeth has been treated it is adequately restored to protect your tooth’s underlying structures and gives your tooth a healthy appearance.
After Root Canal Therapy, your tooth should function and feel like your other teeth. Take care of your treated tooth the same way you would care for your other teeth. Brush and floss regularly.
It is advisable to visit your Dentist regularly for preventive check-ups. Your dentist is trained to see hidden problems that you cannot.
Rotary Endodontics is the procedure in which a power driven instrument allows more accurate cleaning & shaping of a Root Canal, thereby making the filling easier. Technology reduces postoperative discomfort and time spent in the dental chair.
Root canal therapy is a common procedure for saving damaged or diseased teeth. Retaining a natural tooth is more efficient in chewing and biting and is less expensive than replacing it with an artificial one.
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