Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity or trauma. The term "root canal treatment" comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth's root.
What to expect during a root canal treatment:
- If you think you need a root canal, consult us. There are a number of steps that occur over a few clinical visits.
- X-ray – if we suspect you may need a root canal, we will first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays to show where the decay is located.
- Anesthesia – local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is no more painful than a filling.
- Pulpectomy – an opening is made and the diseased tooth pulp is removed.
- Filling – the roots that have been opened (to get rid of the disease pulp) are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement.
1. A Deep Infection
Root canal treatment is needed when an injury or a large cavity damages the tooth's root. The root becomes infected or inflamed.
2. A Route to the Root
The tooth is numbed. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth to the pulp chamber.