Avoid Extraction, Save Teeth with Root Canal Treatments
Root Canal Treatment – A root canal treatment is used to treat a tooth which has damaged pulp portions, and to save that tooth from being extracted.
A root canal treatment is a procedure that is done to remove the infected part of the tooth (the pulp), so that the damage and infection will not spread to the other healthy tooth parts (and to save that tooth from being extracted). The pulp is located in the inner part of the tooth and in the root canals; this is the tooth part where blood vessels, tissue, and nerves are found.
What is Involved?
The infected parts of the tooth pulp are removed, and the root canals are cleaned before being filled to prevent the infection from coming back (and also to protect the tooth from further damage). A dental crown is then used to cover the damaged part of the tooth, restoring its healthy form and function.
Removal of the diseased or infected tooth pulp will prevent further damage to the tooth, and can save the affected tooth from the last resort of tooth extraction because removal of the pulp can successfully be done without damaging the entire tooth.
Why Have a Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal treatment is necessary to save an affected tooth from irreversible damage, which can then only be resolved with a tooth extraction. The root canal procedure will remove damaged parts of the tooth, and will work on protecting the said tooth from further damage or infection.
Who Can Have a Root Canal Treatment?
The suitability for a root canal treatment is determined by the dentist, for those who have decayed teeth and those whose tooth pulp parts are already infected. The dentist will check if the affected tooth can still be saved with a root canal therapy before proceeding with the treatment, so that a tooth extraction can be avoided.
Benefits of a Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment will save a decayed or damaged tooth from being extracted – and will save you from having to deal with a missing tooth problem. Once the infected and damaged portions of both the pulp and the tooth root are removed, and after the root canals are filled, the tooth is protected from further damage and infection.
Root Canal Treatment in Detail
- The first step in a root canal treatment is the removal of any diseased pulp tissue portions, with damaged parts that have been damaged beyond repair.
- If there is an infection present, it will be treated with antibiotics.
- A dental abscess (the presence of pus) will likewise need to be drained first before the actual root canal therapy procedure.
- A local anaesthetic will be administered to the area of the affected tooth, to make sure that there is very minimal to zero pain and discomfort felt during the procedure.
- The affected area will then be isolated by the dentist from the rest of the mouth with a protective layer.
- A hole will be made through the surface of the tooth using a dental drill, to provide access to the pulp and the root areas.
- Damaged portions of the pulp will be removed, and the root canals will be cleaned as well during this process.
- After thoroughly cleaning the root canal, it will then be shaped to prepare it even further for the root filling procedure; the root canal will also be measured to determine the amount of filling material needed.
- Temporary root fillings may need to be put in place especially if there is still an infection that needs to be treated, while the root (and the entire tooth) is given time to heal after the procedure.
- If there are no infections present, permanent dental fillings can be placed in the same day that the pulp is removed.
- When the infection has successfully been treated after a specified period of time, the temporary root fillings can be removed and replaced with the permanent root filling.
- This permanent dental filling will act as a seal to prevent further infection and damage from affecting the treated tooth.
- Endodontic Re-treatment – Also called a repeat root canal treatment, an endodontic re-treatment is done on a tooth that has already been treated previously with a root canal procedure.