Root Canal Treatment
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What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful, Safe, and Effective?
There’s no need to be worried if your dentist or endodontist prescribes a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again. Inside your tooth, beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin, is a soft tissue called pulp. This tissue contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
A modern root canal treatment is nothing like those old sayings! It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Why do you need a crown after root canal treatment?
Following root canal therapy, the surface of the tooth is at a greater risk of infection and contamination. To avoid recontamination, also known as a failed root canal treatment, a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to seal it off from harmful leakage so you will not have to have your tooth extracted.
Another reason is that tooth after root canal treatment becomes more brittle. So, it is easy to get fractured upon chewing. Therefore, a crown is a must have to avoid any fracture. As a result, you will lose your tooth.
This fractured tooth resulted from not having a crown after root canal treatment: