WHAT IS ENDODONTIC ROOT CANAL THERAPY
It used to be that if a tooth was infected or the nerve in the tooth was dying, the tooth would
have to be extracted.
In modern times because of a procedure known as root canal treatment the infection can be
treated, the injured nerve removed and the pain associated with such symptoms alleviated.
The most common reason for root canal treatment is an infected, inflamed or abscessed
tooth, which may result from a deep cavity, periodontal disease or even a fractured tooth.
In certain instances even trauma - like a sharp blow to the mouth can result in damage to
the pulp(nerve chamber) of the tooth. Should you have symptoms such as swelling,
sensitivity to hot and cold or discomfort on touching your tooth, a dentist should be consulted
Root Canal treatment removes the pulp tissue, which is composed of a nerve and
blood supply within the tooth. After all the material has been removed from within the
root, the canal or canals if it is a multi-rooted tooth, are sterilized and sealed with a
material that prevents bacteria from re-entering an re-infecting the tooth.
Because a root canal removes everything, which feeds the tooth and keeps it alive the
tooth will become very brittle after a period of time. This time period varies from person
to person. It is for that reason that the tooth should be restored as quickly as possible
and your dentist might recommend that a post and a crown be placed as a final restoration.
Back teeth are usually crowned or capped shortly after a root canal has been performed
to prevent the tooth from shattering due to the pressure put on it by chewing.
Root canal work is not uncomfortable, and in some instances can be performed in
one visit. The discomfort associated with root canal is due to the infection associated
with the need for the root canal. If there is recurring pain after the root canal has
been started, or after it is completed be sure to notify your dentist as soon as possible.
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