Root Canal Treatment is a dental procedure that removes the nerve or dental pulp of the tooth. This is often required when the nerve of a tooth has been damaged by trauma or more commonly tooth decay.
– Removal of the damaged nerve (pulp)
– Cleaning, shaping and sterilizing of the root canal
– Filling of the root canal (or canals) with a special root filling material.
The filled root canal is usually sealed off with a dental filling or crown. Teeth, especially those at the back of your mouth that are weak and have been root filled, should always be crowned to avoid the future risk of the tooth splitting and the loss of that tooth.
Root Canals Explained
A large proportion of the tooth surface is lost, resulting in a brittle tooth. As a result, the tooth may require a crown to restore it strength, appearance, function and to help it last longer. The treatment requires detailed work often over more than one appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens to an untreated root canal?
What causes a tooth to become infected and require root canal therapy?
Infection, or inflammation of the pulp can be caused by:
– A cracked or broken tooth.
– Breakdown of a filling or crown.
– A deep cavity.
– Injury or trauma to a tooth, such as a sports injury or blow to the mouth.
If left untreated, a tooth with infected or dead pulp can form an abscess, causing a lot of pain.
What is endodontic treatment or root canal therapy?
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