Root canal therapy refers to a treatment in which the bacterial infection that has entered tooth pulp or nerve chamber is removed.
A root canal is necessary when the tooth becomes irritated and inflamed because of deep decay, big fillings, trauma to the tooth, a chipped tooth or repeated dental work. If bacteria are not removed, they begin to multiply very fast and cause infections or tooth abscess. Since a tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health, removing the nerve will not affect the normal function of the tooth.
In case that the tooth is so damaged that it cannot be fixed using root canal treatment, it is suggested to extract the tooth and do a dental implant or dental bridge instead. Sometimes root canal might make stains on the tooth, the problem can be fixed by dental veneers.
The patients are asked to bring dental X-ray before travelling abroad. The dentist will plan the treatment accordingly. Please let the doctor know if you are allergic to any medications
Root canal treatment is done under local anesthesia. The dentists uses a small needle to numb the affected tooth and its surroundings. It might take a few minutes for the tooth to become numb.
By using a small drill, the dentist makes a hole on top of the tooth to access the pulp and nerve. Root canal files are used after to shape and clean inside of the canals and preparing the root canal for final filling material. During the process water or sodium hypochlorite is used periodically to help cleaning out any remaining bacteria or tooth debris. Also, X-rays may be taken to inform the dentist of the ongoing progress.
Once bacteria are removed, the dentist will decide to keep going with the filling procedure or to postpone it for the next visit. This depends on the degree of infection. If the filling is postponed, an antimicrobial solution is needed to put in the chamber to kill any remaining bacteria and reduce the risk of further infection. In the last step, the root canal filling is performed.
Root canal treats the diseased pulp of the root. To make the teeth look more beautiful and functional, a dental crown or similar dental work is necessary.
Root canal removes the bacterial infection entering the tooth pulp or nerve chamber.
Feeling pain, soreness, and being sensitive to cold or hot are normal after the root canal treatment.
Patient with a tooth which is too damaged for the treatment to be effective