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Root Canal

What is it?

A root canal allows the healing of a tooth on which the decay has reached the nerve. Once the infection reaches the pulp , the only way to remove the pain is the root canal of the tooth.

However, there are many misconceptions about root canals and endodontic treatment, as well as the number of patients who have root canal pain. The perception that root canals are painful began decades ago, but with modern technology and anaesthesia, root canal treatment is no more unpleasant than a filling. The truth is that root canal treatments can in many cases alleviate pain and can save you having to remove your teeth completely, which you might otherwise have to do.  

Root canal treatment is required when the infection turns from a toothache to an abscess that extends to the root of the tooth. If an X-ray shows that the pulp has been damaged by a bacterial infection, root canal treatment may be necessary. To prevent this infection from spreading and to save the tooth, a root canal is required. 

If you have an infection in your gums, the best chance of resolving the problem permanently is to get a root canal as soon as possible. When the infection or damage has reached this stage, the root canal is the only dental treatment left to provide the pain relief you so desperately need and save your teeth. By treating the infection in the tooth, your dentist can ensure that the infection does not spread to the jawbone or even the brain. Please note that if you feel pain or discomfort during root canal treatment, you must tell your dentist immediately. Your dentist will anaesthetize your teeth so that the root canal treatment looks like a simple filling.

If your tooth has cracks or fractures, there is a good chance that you will need a root canal, but if your dentist does not perform the root canals, your only option is to remove the tooth. Dental trauma can also damage nerves and release the pulp, causing damage to the brain. Without a root canal, one is no longer able to bear the pain. 

How does it work?

To protect your teeth from the root canal, your dentist put a crown or cap on each tooth after completing endodontic therapy. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap placed on the tooth that has been treated with a root canal. After the infected material has been removed, the dentist can seal the teeth and insert a temporary filling to protect you from root canal pain until the custom-made crowns are ready.! 

Once the root canal is ready, your endodontist or dentist will remove the dental nerves once all infected tissues and bacteria have been removed from the teeth. The tooth is closed with a filling and a calming agent will help to relieve pain and comfort of the implantable crown and to heal your nerve endings.

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