Root Canal Therapy
The root canal procedure often carries a negative reputation in dentistry. However, the truth is that it is a straightforward and virtually painless treatment that can effectively save and restore severely decayed or infected teeth. The discomfort associated with a root canal primarily arises from the tooth infection, which is relieved by the procedure. By undergoing a root canal, you have the opportunity to preserve your natural tooth.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal procedure is performed to address infection within the dental pulp, the soft area at the center of the tooth surrounded by dentin and enamel. The tooth's root canals contain blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.
When the dental pulp becomes infected or damaged, bacteria multiply within the chamber, leading to tooth infection and potential abscess formation. This infection can cause pain, swelling, tissue infection, bone loss, and drainage issues.
Before starting the root canal treatment, your Endodontist will assess the root canal shape using X-rays and CBCT imaging. Once deemed suitable for root canal therapy, the area around the infected tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic. A small hole is then made into the biting surface of the tooth to remove decayed tissue and debris. After cleaning, the tooth is filled with an inert material and sealed with a temporary filling.
Following the procedure, your Endodontist or Dentist will restore the treated tooth with a crown or permanent restorative material. The restoration allows normal biting, chewing, and usage of the tooth.
Root canal therapy aims to eliminate infection, alleviate pain, and save the natural tooth. With modern techniques and anesthesia, the procedure is generally comfortable and can be completed in one visit, depending on the complexity of the case.
It's important to note that root canal therapy has a high success rate, and once the infection is cleared, the treated tooth can function normally and can last a lifetime with proper oral care.
The entire root canal procedure typically takes 30 to 45 minutes.