Endodontic or root canal treatment
If you or anyone close to you have ever had an infection of the root canal, you’ll know that this type of infection can cause discomfort. Root canal therapy targets infections that affect the inside of the tooth. Below are a few facts you should know about root canal therapy:
- It is actually a pain-relieving treatment.
- Essentially, root canal treatment removes the nerves from the root canal
- It isn’t as costly as most people think. Although the costs may vary depending on a number of factors, standard root endodontic therapy often costs less than tooth replacement or a dental crown or bridge.
Root canal treatment procedure
Your root canal is that part of your tooth that houses the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, collectively known as the pulp. Root canal treatment involves three steps:
Cleaning the canal
Before your dentist can carry out endodontic treatment, they would first remove everything that is contained in the root canal. This procedure is painless and predictable. Dead tissues in the root canal are removed via a small hole that is drilled on the surface of the tooth.
Filling the root canal
After cleaning, your dentist would decontaminate the hollow area to eliminate any microorganism that may cause infection. Your dentist proceeds to fill the hole and ensures the canal is completely sealed.
Adding a crown or filling
Once the pulp is removed from the root canal, the tooth starts relying on the underlying ligament for its nourishment. But the tooth would no longer be as strong as other teeth with pulp. The tooth could break easily when you chew or bite. That is why there is a need for a dental crown or filling. The crown or filling confers extra strength and protection on the tooth. Your teeth would be restored to full functionality once the procedure is complete. Depending on the extent of damage, endodontic treatment may require more than one appointment. If you are opting for a dental crown as opposed to filling, the number of appointments may increase.