Root canal treatment is done to save a tooth that has been badly damaged.
What is dental pulp?
Pulp is a soft tissue deep inside a tooth. The function of pulp is to provide oxygen and nutrients to the tooth, and to regulate the growth and development of the tooth during childhood.
Symptoms of tooth pulp damage:
- Unprovoked pain
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages
- Painful biting
- Facial swelling
- Swelling of the gum
It is important to treat diseased pulp, as it has a variety of consequences including localised bone loss, a spread of infection and loss of tooth and subsequent tooth removal. These complications are costly not only to your dental health, but also financially.
What does the root canal procedure involve?
Under local anaesthetic, the affected tooth is wrapped in a thin rubber dam
Removal of the decayed portions of the tooth
Extraction of the pulp or remnants
The dentist will now shape and cleanse the root canals, and remove bacteria
Once the root canal is deemed infection free, it is then sealed with materials that offer a long lasting barrier.