Root Canal Treatment - Get Relieved from Sensitivity & Tooth Pain
A root canal is a treatment used to repair or save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. The nerve and pulp are removed and inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. If it is not treated the tooth will get infected and abscesses may form.
Root canal treatment consists of several steps that take place over several visits, depending on the situation. The steps are:
- First, an opening is made through the back of a front tooth or the crown of a molar or pre-molar.
- After the diseased pulp is removed , the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped in preparation for being filled.
- If more than one visit is needed, a temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits.
- The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal permanently filled.
- A tapered, rubbery material called gutta-percha is inserted into each of the canals and is often sealed into place with cement. Sometimes a metal or plastic rod is placed in the canal for structural support.
- In the final step, a crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance. If the tooth is very broken down, a post may be required to build it up prior to placing a crown.
A Root canal treatment is needed when you observe the following signs
- Severe toothache pain upon chewing or application of pressure
- Prolonged sensitivity/pain to heat or cold temperatures (after the hot or cold has been removed)
- Discoloration (a darkening) of the tooth
- Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
- A persistent or recurring pimple on the gums
Benefits of Root Canal treatment
- Quick relief from tooth pain and sensitivity
- Increased self confidence & brighter smile
- Strong tooth and adequate protection from further decay and damage
- Chew, munch and eat without pain