Root Canals
Created by udent on 2/1/2008 12:00:00 AM

Root canal is the treatment of the diseased nerve (also called the pulp) of the tooth. A root canal treatment enables you to save and keep your original damaged tooth.

Root canal is the treatment of the diseased nerve (also called the pulp) of the tooth. A root canal treatment enables you to save and keep your original damaged tooth.

What makes a root canal necessary?

  • Physical irritation caused by deep decay or a very large filling
  • Severe gum disease
  • Crack in the tooth.
  • Trauma, such as physical blow to a tooth or a constant striking of a tooth in the opposite jaw that traumatizes the tooth

Regardless of the initial cause, the tooth pulp becomes stressed and infected. Bacteria grows within the tooth pulp, causing pressure and pain, sometimes accompanied by swelling of the area. Sometimes the deterioration of the pulp happens so gradually that little pain is felt. Either way, eventually the infection can destroy the pulp and spreads to the bone and surrounding tissues causing abcess at the root tips.

What's the steps of the procedure?

 Once it has been determined (with X-rays and clinical examination) that the root canal treatment is necessary, you will be scheduled for one or more appointments. It's important that you keep these appointments, in order to prevent delays in treatment and healing.

  • The tooth may be isolated with a piece of rubber dam. This confines the treatment area and protects the mouth from bacteria and chemical agents that will be used to clean the root canal.
  • After isolating the tooth, the canals will be cleaned, enlarged and shaped using hand files, or rotary instruments.
  • The canals will be washed and cleaned using different chemical agent .
  • One or few x-rays might be taken to ensure all the measurements and that the walls inside the canal are smooth.
  • Then, the root canal will be permanently filled using root canal sealent. or In some cases, a temporary medication will be placed inside the tooth to control bacterial growth and reduce infection, and the root canal will be filled in your next appointment.
  • A temporary filling is placed in the opening of the tooth until next visit.
  • Finally, in your next visit a post will placed inside the canal to strenghen it and the tooth will be crowned (capped) and fully restored to chewing function.


What care follows the treatment?

  1. Brittleness - a non vital tooth is more brittle than a vital one and is more susceptible to fracture. Therefore, in most cases, It is recommend that your root canal tooth be crowned (capped) following treatment.
  2. Discoloration - you may notice that your treated tooth (especially a front tooth) might change color. Be sure to ask your dentist about tooth whitening if the tooth is not restored with a crown.

Helpful Tips

  1. Don’t chew on the treated tooth for 48 hours.
  2. Take the medication prescribed by your dentist on time.
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