Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment – or endodontic treatment – is a procedure that is aimed at saving a badly damaged or infected tooth. During this procedure, the damaged or infected area of the tooth (the pulp) is removed before the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, filled and then sealed. The pulp is the soft tissue inside of the tooth that contains the nerves and connective tissue. The pulp also helps the root of the tooth to grow during development. When a tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp, as it receives nourishment from its surrounding tissue.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Contrary to popular belief, modern root canal treatments are very similar to having a routine filling, and can be completed in as little as one dental appointment, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Therefore, you can expect to have a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Although root canal treatments have a high success rate, as a treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime, it is important that you take proper care of your teeth after treatment. The best ways to care for your teeth post treatment are:
- Practice good oral hygiene – brush teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.
- Visit the dentist regularly – cleanings and examinations by dentists and hygienists.
- Avoid chewing on hard foods – chewing on hard foods such as ice can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals.