Why do I need root canal treatment?
The central pulp, dentine, and enamel are the three layers that makeup one’s tooth. On a healthy tooth that is not in need of a root canal treatment, the pulp is surrounded by a protective layer of dentine and enamel. When a root canal is needed, the pulp is irritated indicating extensive dental decay which could eventually lead to an abscess.
In order to eliminate the abscess, the pulp will need to be removed and filled to restore the tooth. This process is called a root canal treatment
What happens during a root canal procedure?
Your dentist will first put you on anesthesia in order to numb the tooth so the patient does not experience any pain during the procedure. A rubber dam is placed over the tooth by your dentist, to prevent any bacteria from saliva to enter the pulp chamber of the tooth.
Your dentist will begin to remove the infected pulp which includes cleaning and disinfecting the canals of the tooth. This will leave the tooth free from decay and diseased tissue. Once the cleaning process is completed, he/she will then fill the canal space and insert a restoration of the completed tooth.
During your follow up dental appointments, you may require radiographs (x-rays) to be taken in order to ensure that the decayed tooth has indeed been removed.
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What do I do next?
If you have any concerns about whether you have a root canal or are in need of treatment, contact us to book an appointment.
Does it hurt?
This procedure is conducting primarily while the patient is under anesthesia in order to ensure that the patient does not feel any discomfort. Yet, there are some cases where the nerve has become necrotic (dead) and anesthesia is not required. Your dentist will take an x-ray of your tooth to ensure the nerve is necrotic before conducting the procedure without anesthesia.