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Root canal treatment is the process of removing the tooth’s pulp, a tiny thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. After the removal of damaged, diseased or dead pulp, the space is cleaned, shaped and filled. Cracked tooth, deep cavities and injuries may result in pulp damage. If the infected pulp is left untreated, it can form pus around the root tip in the jawbone resulting in abscess. An abscess can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth and result in pain.
Endodontist will examine your teeth and takes X-ray to determine the position of tooth decay. Local anesthesia is given to the affected tooth. Root canal treatment is not painful than a filling. Initially, an opening is made through the back of a front tooth or the crown of a molar or pre-molar. Then, the diseased pulp is removed and the pulp chamber, root canals are cleaned, widened and shaped to be filled.
In some cases, a temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth. Later temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal is permanently filled. Then, a tapered, rubbery material called gutta-percha is inserted into each of the canals and is often sealed with cement. In few cases, a metal or plastic rod is placed in the canal for structural support. At last, a crown is placed over the surface of the tooth to restore its shape and appearance. If the tooth is broken down, a post is required before placing a crown.
Root Canal treatment lasts lifetime when proper care is taken. Tooth decay can still develop in treated teeth; therefore good hygiene should be maintained to prevent further dental issues.
Your dentists will compare new X-rays with the earlier ones to determine if the root canal treatment is success or failure. With this, dentists will be able to know whether the bone continues to lose or regenerate.
Highly experienced dentists at Vijay dental hospital will check your medical history and present condition to perform root canal treatment. Based on your condition, you will be given various options to proceed with your dental treatment.