The root canal treatment, also called endodontic treatment, is generally recommended when dental caries are very deep and have reached the dental pulp. A root canal treatment is often recommended when the nerve of the tooth is infected or suffering from irreversible inflammation (pulpitis).
The root canal treatment may be prescribed when a tooth becomes necrotic or when it is severely fractured as a result of dental trauma.
The root canal treatment is an intervention that allows devitalizing a tooth and relieving severe pain from that tooth. This treatment will allow the patient to keep a natural tooth in place.
Such a treatment must nevertheless be performed in time. If the dentist’s intervention takes place too late, it might become impossible to restore the tooth and extracting the tooth will be recommended instead.
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What is the root canal of a tooth?
The root canal is situated inside the tooth and it is filled with dental pulp, a soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. That pulp may get infected as a result of tooth decay. Infected pulp can result in acute pain, an abscess, a cyst, etc. The infection can bring about the loss of the tooth and cause irreparable damage to neighbouring teeth.
The root canal treatment consists in removing the dead or infected pulp that is located inside the tooth and disinfecting the root canal.
Depending on how complex the situation is, it is either the general dentist or the endodontist (the root canal treatment specialist) who will proceed with the intervention.
What happens during a root canal treatment?
The root canal treatment involves a few steps:
- The dentist performs a local anaesthesia. The patient does not feel any pain.
- The dentist makes a small opening in the tooth in order to access the pulp and then removes the problem pulp by means of a precision instrument. The dentist then cleans, disinfects, and seals the root canal of the tooth with gutta-percha. Usually, afterwards, a temporary restoration is put in place by the dentist.
- Final restoration of the tooth after the root canal treatment. After a root canal treatment, the tooth must be restored in order for the tooth to regain its original integrity. Depending on the situation, the dentist will perform a permanent filling or recommend that a dental crown be put on the tooth.
It will then be necessary to ensure proper oral hygiene and to undergo periodic examinations by the dentist.
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