Root canal treatment, often referred to as endodontic therapy, is a specialized dental procedure designed to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. This procedure aims to alleviate pain, prevent the spread of infection, and preserve the natural tooth structure. Contrary to popular misconceptions, root canals are not painful; they are the solution to pain caused by an infected tooth.
Diagnosis: Our experienced dentist will assess your tooth’s condition using X-rays and clinical examinations. If a root canal is deemed necessary, the treatment process will be explained to you.
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure.
Access and Cleaning: An opening is created in the tooth to access the infected pulp. The pulp, along with any infected tissue, is carefully removed, and the inner chamber is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
Filling and Sealing: After cleaning, the now empty space is filled with a biocompatible material known as gutta-percha. The tooth is then sealed to prevent future infection.
Restoration: To restore the tooth’s strength and function, a crown or filling is typically placed on top. This final step ensures the tooth blends seamlessly with your natural smile.
Benefits of a Root Canal:
A tooth’s innermost layer, known as the pulp, can become infected due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma. Infections in the pulp can lead to excruciating pain, swelling, and even abscesses. A root canal is necessary when the damage is extensive, and the pulp cannot heal on its own. This procedure eliminates the infection while allowing the tooth to remain in place.