Root canal treatments "endodontics"

The process of removing the pulp tissue from the pulp chamber and the root canals, clean the area and fill it. Root canal treatment is needed for two reasons: infection or irreversible damage to the pulp. The pulp can become damaged from trauma, a fracture or extensive restorative work, such as deep filling over a period of time. Some of the signs and symptoms that indicate tooth may need a root canal treatment are: Tooth hurts significantly when biting down, touch it or press on it Sensitivity to the heat or sensitivity to the cold that last longer than few seconds. Swelling near the affected tooth Discoloration of the tooth with or without pain Broken tooth To determined whether the tooth needs root canal treatment, few test and x rays performed by the dentist.


Root canal procedure:

Measuring

First in the root canal treatment is to determine the length of the canal by using an electric device called an apex locator, also by placing a file in to the measuring canal and taking x-ray to determine how close the file to the end of the canal.

Cleaning

After the canals have been measured, specially designed instruments used to clean out the diseased pulp and the canal walls and irrigate with an antiseptic solution, which helps to treat the source of the infection. For root canal treatment to be effective, all the canals within the tooth must be cleaned. Once the canals have been thoroughly cleaned and infection has been removed, the roots are filled. A temporary filling is then placed to cover the new root filling. Then will be replaced with a permanent filling. In most cases, the tooth will need a crown, especially with molars that are under stress from chewing. A crown will help to restore the tooth's strength and protect it from cracking.

The goal of root canal treatment is to save the tooth. If root canal treatment is not done, the tooth may have to be extracted. If a tooth is missing, neighboring teeth can drift out of line. Keeping your natural teeth also helps you to avoid more expensive and extensive treatments, such as implants or bridges. If an infected or injured tooth that needs root canal treatment is ignored, not only can you lose the tooth, but also the infection can spread to other parts of your body.