Root Canal Treatment

Author: Dr Behnam Aminnejad. Posted: 23.09.23

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure performed to save a severely damaged or infected tooth from extraction. This procedure is typically recommended when the dental pulp, which is the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, becomes infected or inflamed.

The dental pulp can become infected due to several reasons, including tooth decay, gum disease, cracks or chips in the tooth, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or trauma to the tooth. When the pulp is infected or inflamed, it can result in severe pain, swelling, and sensitivity in the affected tooth. If left untreated, this infection can spread to the surrounding tissues, leading to abscess formation or even bone loss.

Root canal treatment involves removing the infected or inflamed dental pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the pulp chamber and root canals, and filling them with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. The procedure is generally performed under local anaesthesia to ensure the patient's comfort.

After the root canal treatment, a dental crown is typically placed over the treated tooth to provide strength and protection. This crown restores the tooth's functionality and aesthetics while preventing further damage or fracture. In some cases, additional procedures like dental implants or bridges may be required to replace a tooth that is severely damaged or cannot be saved with root canal treatment alone.

It is essential to undergo root canal treatment to preserve the natural tooth whenever possible. Unlike extraction, root canal treatment allows patients to maintain their natural bite and appearance, avoiding the need for additional dental procedures such as dental implants or dentures. Additionally, saving the natural tooth helps in preserving overall oral health by preventing misalignment of adjacent teeth, bone loss in the jaw, and potential issues with chewing and speaking.

Root canal treatment has evolved significantly over the years, thanks to advancements in dental technology and techniques. Modern tools and equipment, such as digital imaging, magnification devices, and rotary instruments, have improved the success rate and efficiency of the procedure. Dentists and endodontists undergo specialised training to perform root canal treatment effectively, ensuring optimal outcomes for their patients.

In some cases, dental procedures may be necessary to address the cause of tooth sensitivity. These can include dental bonding to repair chipped or cracked teeth, dental fillings to address cavities, or gum grafts to cover exposed root surfaces. Orthodontic treatment may be recommended to correct misaligned teeth, which can lead to sensitivity.

In Summary

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that aims to save a damaged or infected tooth by treating the root canals and removing the infected dental pulp. It is an effective way to relieve pain and restore the functionality of the tooth while preserving the patient's overall oral health. With the help of advanced dental techniques and technology, root canal treatment has become a widely successful and commonly performed procedure in modern dentistry.

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