Root Canal Treatment
Nothing is as good as a natural tooth! And sometimes your natural tooth may need root canal (endodontic) treatment for it to remain a healthy part of your mouth.
Most patients report that having root canal (endodontic) treatment today is as unremarkable as having a cavity filled.
What is Root Canal Treatment ?
Root Canal or Endodontic treatment deals with the diseases of the pulp. The pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels and other soft tissues. It is made up of a pulp chamber and one or more Root Canals. When the pulp is irreversibly damaged, it has to be removed so that the source of pain and / or infection can be eliminated After which the hollow pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, filled and sealed.
When is Root Canal Treatment required ?
In advanced tooth decay, the pulp may be irreversibly damaged, leading to severe toothache. The removal of the pulp will eliminate the pain as well as the infection. Trauma and gum disease can also cause pupal disease, leading eventually to non-vital (dead)
What are the Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment ?
Extraction with subsequent replacement with an artificial tooth is the only alternative. Root Canal Treatment saves teeth that otherwise would have to be extracted.
How is root canal treatment done?
Generally, Root Canal Treatment is completed in single sitting. In selected cases, it may require a sitting more. In between visits, the opening of the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling material. X-rays are
also taken often to aid the instrumentations and to monitor the progress of the treatment.
Will there be pain during the Treatment ?
Root Canal Treatment is generally done under local anaesthesia. Hence, the patient is absolutely comfortable during the treatment. The patient may experience mild discomfort for a few days after the treatment. In 2% cases there might be severe pain and / or a swelling after the Root Canal Treatment, Which generally subsides within a day or two.
Are there any problems associated with a Root Canal Treated tooth ?
Although the pulp has been removed, an endodontically treated tooth can still be used for biting and chewing just like any other normal tooth. However, a Root Canal Treated tooth may be slightly more brittle than a normal tooth. A proper restoration (Crown) and good oral care are essential to ensure that the tooth will be able to serve you.