The Root Canal Process

dentistconcordma By dentistconcordma, 2nd Nov 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Want to know exactly what goes into a root canal? Lets take a brief look at what goes into the Root Canal procedure.

What exactly is a Root Canal?

Root Canals are a specific type of endodontic treatment. Endodontic treatments address the inside of the tooth. Tooth decay occurs when the area of the tooth that houses blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, found at the center of the tooth, becomes infected or inflamed. If this happens, then the tooth will require a root canal. Infections can be a result of deep decay, repeated procedures, cracked, or chipped teeth. If untreated, it can cause an abscess, discomfort, or pain.

Root canals remove the infected or inflamed pulp. Afterwards, the dentist cleans the interior of the root canal, shapes it, fills it, and seals the space. A couple of weeks later on a return trip to the dentist, a restoration of the tooth or a crown will be placed on the tooth, returning it to full form and function.

The painless procedure is often a two-trip process

The first step is the examination of the problem tooth by the endodontist. An x-ray of the tooth is taken as well before the administration of local anesthetic. Once the tooth is a nub, a small protective sheet called a ‘dental dam’ is placed over the area. This action isolates the tooth, keeping it clear of bacteria and saliva-free.

The second step is making an opening in the crown of the tooth. The endodontist uses tiny instruments that have the capacity to clean the pulp from the chamber and shape the space for filling. A bio-compatible material is utilized in filling the space with adhesive cement to seal the canals. The majority of cases involve a temporary filling that is replaced before the tooth is restored. During the final visit, one must return to the dentist to have a crown or relative restoration placed on the tooth for protection, ensuring the tooth returns to its original function.

At times, the tooth’s infrastructure may be too damaged, causing the dentist to place a post inside the tooth.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Nov 2015 (#)

Thanks for this information. - it has become a common procedure - siva

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