A root canal is a treatment used when a tooth’s nerve or pulp has become infected or inflamed. The usual cause of this damage to the root is a large cavity or injury (such as a knocked-out tooth). The main purpose of a root canal is to save the tooth.
Benefits of a Root Canal
It Can Save Your Tooth | A root canal can save you from a tooth extraction. The loss of a tooth can lead to bone loss and premature aging, so if you can save the tooth, it’ll save you from needing a costlier restorative procedure.
It’s Simple | The root canal treatment is a fairly simple procedure. Most patients find the experience similar to that of having a filling placed.
Less Discomfort | It doesn’t feel too good when your tooth is infected. Clearing out the infected pulp can help lessen your toothache.
Root Canal – Step by Step.
- Anesthesia. The first step is to numb your tooth.
- Clearing the Way. An opening is drilled down through your tooth to the pulp chamber.
- Removing the Infection. The infected pulp is pulled out through the opening.
- Shaping. With the pulp gone, the area is shaped to make room for the filling. The canals are irrigated to clean and remove debris.
- Gutta-Percha. A permanent filling material known as gutta-percha is placed in the canals.
- Temporary Material. A temporary cap as added on top of the gutta-percha until the permanent filling is ready to be added.
- The Crown. Once the tooth is ready for the crown, the temporary cap is removed and replaced with a permanent filling/crown.
- The Post. Sometimes, the tooth needs a little extra support. In these cases, a post may be imbedded.
- Cemented. Once secured, the crown is cemented into place.