Root Canal

Root Canal

Restore decayed teeth to normal

A root canal is the type of treatment in which a severely decayed tooth is cleaned and restored to good health. The nerve and the pulp inside the tooth are removed, and the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This prevents any infection from germinating and thus blesses the tooth with health and hygiene.

Clinically, “Root Canal”, the word denotes the natural cavity at the center of the tooth. It comprises of both tooth nerve & the pulp also known as the pulp chamber. The pulp and the nerve together make the softest and most delicate area of the tooth. The tooth nerve does not have much function once the tooth is grown up. It only offers a sensory feel to the tooth. With its removal, no day to day functioning is hampered.

Why would you need a root canal?

When the pulp or the tooth nerve gets damaged, it ruptures and the mushy filling invites many bacteria. These bacteria multiply rapidly and harm the tooth’s health. The extent of this harm can be a decayed tooth, infection or abscessed tooth. In the later condition, a puss filled pocket referred as abscess forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. Here are some other repercussions of infected root canals.

  • Severe swelling, affecting the face, neck or the head.
  • Bone loss in and around the tip of the tooth.
  • The pus might cause drainage to the gum or the skin.

Primary reason for damage to the tooth’s pulp and nerves

  • Tooth decay
  • Extra large fillings
  • Many dental procedures and less care
  • Any trauma to the face
  • Any crack or chip in the tooth

Can a root canal be painful?

The pulp and nerve area is the most sensitive part of the tooth. No matter what degree of anesthesia you take, the process remains painful. Nintey percent of people confirmed that they experience a lot of pain during the process. But, most of them confirmed that a good dentist helped the, in lowering the extent of the pain and also helped them in successful recovery. It is also confirmed that the filling procedure is more painful than the cleanup.

What you must expect during a root canal:

The first thing to do as soon as you start feeling a sensation in your tooth is consulting a dentist. The dentist would guide you the best after making necessary checks.

What to expect during your visit?

X-Ray

To confirm that you need a root canal the dentist would ask you to undergo an X-Ray. This will help locate the location of decay to reduce the amount of time during the process.

Anesthesia

With an effective anesthesia the pain is reduced. This is the first step of the root canal treatment.

Pulpectomy

The dentist makes an opening in the tooth and thus the infected pulp is removed.

Filling

This is the final step wherein the dentist fills the roots that were opened to extract the infected pulp.

Success rate of root canals

Root canals have helped many patients to successfully recover their tooth decay concerns. The treatment has a high success rate. The best part about a root canal treatment is that the final step of the treatment is restoration. A crown or a cap is fixed over the decayed tooth and thus it leaves no sign of occurrence for the onlookers.