What are Root Canals?
Root Canal refers to the treatment indicated for a tooth that has sustained damage extending to the pulp. Normal fillings can restore cavities affecting the enamel and dentin portions of the teeth, but once the infection enters the pulp – the soft portion containing blood vessels and nerves – a root canal must be performed to save the tooth. Damage to the pulp can result from untreated cavities, trauma, or secondary infections caused by improper hygiene or maintenance of fixed prostheses.
What happens during the root canal procedure?
Depending upon the tooth and the technique being used by the surgeon, a root canal may either be completed in a single sitting, or in multiple visits. First, the area near the affected tooth is numbed using an anesthetic agent. The cavity is then removed using a high speed bur fitting on to a mechanical hand piece. After removing the carious portion of the tooth, the opening to the pulp chambers is exposed. In a process known as Cleaning and Shaping, the infected pulp is removed from the chambers with the help of specialized dental files. The canals are then irrigated to ensure an environment free of bacteria and pulpal debris. Finally these empty canals are filling using an inert material known as Gutta Percha. Once the root canal procedure has been completed, radiographs are taken to make sure the canals are been filled completely without voids.
Does the treatment hurt?
Root canals are generally painless because nerve blocks and/or local anesthetic agents are administered at the site of surgery to eliminate any chances of discomfort. Call immediatly if you are experiencing extreme pain as it will only worsen.
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