Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic therapy, sometimes referred to as root canal treatment, is a dental technique used to remove diseased or damaged tissue from a tooth’s root canal and then seal it to stop future infection. The dental pulp, which is soft tissue, and the tooth’s central nerves make up the root canal system. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected as a result of illness, injury, or decay, the surgery is required because, if left untreated, the condition can result in tooth loss and the spread of infection.

Here’s how the procedure typically goes:

  1. Anesthesia: Your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
  2. Access: A small opening is made in the top of the tooth to gain access to the root canal system.
  3. Cleaning: The damaged or infected tissue is removed from the root canal and surrounding areas using specialized instruments.
  4. Shaping: The root canal is reshaped to make room for the filling material.
  5. Disinfecting: The root canal is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to reduce the risk of infection.
  6. Filling: The root canal is filled with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to prevent reinfection.
  7. Sealing: The opening in the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling to protect it until a permanent restoration (e.g., crown) can be placed.
  8. Follow-up: A follow-up visit with your dentist is usually scheduled to check the healing of the tooth and to place a permanent restoration, if necessary.

The success rate of root canal treatment is high, and with proper care, the treated tooth can last a lifetime. However, it is important to follow your dentist’s instructions for post-treatment care to ensure the best outcome.

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