What is root canal treatment?
Endodontic therapy, also known as a root canal (therapy), is a treatment of the tooth aimed at clearing infection, as well as protecting the tooth from subsequent infections.
Why do we need root canal treatment?
- When the dental pulp (or root canal area) is diseased or injured
The patient with a pulp (root canal) injury will find his tooth is very sensitive to high and low temperatures, he may feel pain when chewing, and there may be a continuous throbbing pain.
- Endodontic therapy (root canal therapy) saves the tooth and prevents further infection and pain
Without treatment the infection will spread and the tooth will eventually loosen and fall out. Endodontic therapy will usually stop the tooth from falling out and eliminate the pain.
How root canal treatment is done?
Endodontic therapy involves the complete removal of everything that lies in the root canal. The hollow area is then cleaned, shaped and decontaminated. Miniscule files and irrigation solutions are used. An inert filling fills up the root canal space.
Patients are frequently fearful of undergoing endodontic therapy. This fear is unwarranted as the procedure, when carried out by a trained dental surgeon, is relatively painless.
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