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Root Canal Treatment

  • Catalogue of symptoms.
  • Diagram of the tooth.
  • Illustration.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Symptoms

If the nerve of the tooth become infected due to decay or trauma, then the only option to save the tooth is by performing Root Canal treatment.

 


Inside the tooth’s hard outer shell made of enamel, there is nourishing soft tissue called pulp. The root canals, which contain the pulp, extend till the bone.

Root Canal Treatment, technically known as Endodontic Treatment cleanses the roots of the teeth containing the infected pulp and repairs the damage by filling the canal with the suitable material.

 

 

 

 


Steps followed in Root Canal Treatment

  • Administration of Local anesthesia is given to numb the appropriate area and access to the pulp chamber is gained.
  • Length Determination of each root canal is done.
  • Canals are disinfected, cleaned and shaped using appropriate instruments (manual or rotary files) to receive the filling material.
  • The canal is filled using appropriate fillings.
  • A crown should be given for the protection of the root canal treated tooth.


Frequently Asked Questions

If the nerve is removed, isn't the tooth dead?

No, the nerve is only a small part of the tooth's vitality. Strong living fibers which attach the tooth to the bone make it completely alive and fully functional.


Will the root canal treatment last long?

Yes


Is there any chance of cracking or fracture?

No, if a crown is put over the root canal treated tooth. Function of crown is to reinforce the tooth.


Can the root canal treated tooth be utilized as a bridge anchor?

Yes, with suitable bone support a nerveless tooth is an excellent anchor for a bridge.


If the tooth is dead why does it ache?

The pain is due to prior infection and damage. Once the treatment is complete and proper medication is taken, the aching will stop and normally will be restored.


Is the success rate of root canal treatment 100%?

Mostly yes but at times because of sharp curves of the root and slender canals instrumentation is tricky; however, the tooth can still be saved by undergoing procedures like apicoectomy.