ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
The outer portion of a tooth’s crown is made of 3 layers: enamel, dentin, and pulp.
Filling/Restoration will be done to treat dental decay that is restricted to the first 2 levels. An RCT or Endodontic Treatment is needed if tooth decay reaches the third layer and produces pulp irritation or infection.
RCT Treatment Procedure
When tooth decay reaches the pulp (innermost layer of the tooth) and causes inflammation, Root Canal Treatment (RCT), also known as Endodontic Treatment, is done. It is important to keep the injured tooth from being removed. Our Root Canal Specialist, performs this surgery. The process involves:
- Tooth material that is inflammatory or diseased is extracted.
- Disinfection and cleaning
- Using an inert substance to fill and seal
- Crown/cap restoration and
- It’s a multi-step approach that could take several sessions.
Consequences Of Delaying Root Canal Treatment
- If the pain goes away, then it does not mean that your tooth has healed with time but this shows that the nerves inside the tooth are all dead and the infection has grown manifolds.
- Pus-filled abcess can be caused because of the bacteria from the infection entering into the tissues of gum & jaw
How Does RCT Save Your Tooth?
When the pulp inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected because of deep decay, recurrent dental procedures, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth, root canal treatment is required. Even if there are no obvious chips or fissures in your tooth, trauma can cause pulp injury. It can cause pain or progress to an abscess if pulp irritation or infection is not treated.
When you have a root canal or other endodontic therapy, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleansed and disinfected before being filled and sealed with gutta-percha, a rubber-like material. After that, the tooth is protected with a crown or filling and continues to operate normally.
Endodontic therapy allows you to keep your natural smile, consume the things you enjoy, and avoid the need for additional dental procedures. Most teeth that have received root canal therapy can survive a lifetime with proper maintenance.