Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. Root canal therapy is preformed when the pulp, which is composed of nerves and blood vessels in the tooth becomes infected or damaged. During the root canal treatment, the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, filled with a biocompatible filling material (gutta-percha) and sealed.
What to expect during a root canal?
X-ray: If a dentist suspects you may need a root canal, he/she will first take x-rays or examine existing x-rays to show where the decay/trauma 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 opened (to get rid of the disease pulp) are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with a temporary filling.
Crown: After a root canal is completed, the tooth will be too weak on it’s own. A crown is needed to cover the entire tooth and protect the tooth from fracturing.
Tips for care after a Root Canal
A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Root canals have a high success rate. Here are a few ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal:
Practice good oral hygiene: brush teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.
Visit the dentist regularly: cleanings and examinations by dentists and hygienists.
Avoid chewing on hard foods: chewing on hard foods such as ice can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals.