At the center of a tooth is a hollow area that houses soft tissue, known as pulp or nerve. This hollow area contains a relatively wide space in the coronal portion of the tooth called the pulp chamber. This chamber is connected to the tip of the root via a narrow canal(s)called root canal. Human teeth normally have one to four canals with teeth toward the back of the mouth having more. These canals run through the center of the roots like pencil lead through the length of a pencil. The pulp receives nutrition through the bloodvessels and nerves carry signals back to the brain to warn of adverse events and circumstances.
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure where the infected or damaged pulp of a tooth is removed and the inside areas are filled and sealed. Little or no discomfort is there and the procedure is performed in either single visit or multi visits. Root canal treatment saves the teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted. The most common cause of pulp infection is a cracked tooth or a deep cavity. They let in bacteria to the pulp and cause infection inside the tooth. If not treated pus builds up at the root tip of the jawbone forming a “pus-pocket” called an abscess, which can cause damage to the bone around the teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the past, a root-filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques, this does not usually happen. If there is any discoloration, there are several treatments that will restore the natural appearance.
Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
Yes. However, because a ‘dead' tooth is more brittle, you may need to have a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
How do I care for my tooth afterwards?
Root-treated teeth should be looked at just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks and have them only at mealtimes if possible. See your dental team as often as they recommend for regular check-ups.
Why is root canal treatment needed?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
How much will it cost?
Please contact medinovita team for discounted rates.