Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment is to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth.

The procedure involves removing the dental pulp of the damaged tooth, cleaning, and disinfecting the tooth followed by filling and sealing. Every tooth has a prominent component which includes enamel, dentin and pulp.

Pulp is that part of the tooth, which provides nutrients and nerves. A cavity in the tooth if left untreated, causes bacterial infection, pockets, bone loss and/or abscesses, which give rise to pain and swelling spreading to the face and head.

What Are the Advantages of Root Canal Treatment?

​ Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have been extracted. After root canal treatment the tooth is pulp-less i.e. it has no vital tissues within. However, there are vital tissues surrounding the root e.g. the gum, periodontal membrane and supporting bone. A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. This discomfort can be relieved by taking mild analgesics or painkillers available over the counter at the pharmacy. However, if the pain persists and is severe, or a swelling occurs, you should contact your dentist.

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