If left untreated, tooth decay will continue to progress to the middle of the tooth where nerves and blood vessels are located. A root canal treatment can prevent the infection from spreading and causing more severe pain.
The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root. In Root Canal treatment, the dentist will remove the damaged area of the tooth, clean and disinfect the root canal system using special instruments, and fill with bio-compatible material to decrease the chance of future bacterial growth. In the final step, a crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance. If the tooth is very broken down, a post may be required to build it up prior to placing a crown.
This procedure includes:
- X-ray to show where the decay is located
- Local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth.
- The diseased tooth pulp is removed.
- The root canal system is filled with bio-comopatible material
- A crown is placed over the tooth
MOST COMMON CAUSE OF PULP DAMANGE
- A deep cavity
- A cracked tooth
- An injury to the tooth
Symptoms include sensitivity to heat and cold and when infection extends to the tissue around the tooth includes swelling of the gum or even the side of the face.