Root Canal Treatment
What is a Root Canal?
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success. This procedure involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, the purpose of root canal therapy is to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Root Canal therapy Procedure
Root canal therapy usually entails one to three visits. During the first visit, we will drill a small hole through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals we then fill with an elastic material and medication whose main purpose is to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
Most patients who have root canal treatment experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
Risks of Root Canal treatment
Most root canal procedures we perform successfully usually have no complications. There is always a risk that the tooth we treat my again become infected. This is especially true if the tooth has been through multiple root canals. There is also a small risk of damaging the tooth during the procedure, although this rarely occurs.
results of root canal treatment
Dr. Frank Sullivan considers a root canal a highly successful treatment, with most patients experiencing complete relief from their symptoms. A crown or filling can usually repair the appearance of the treated tooth so that other people will not even realize that a root canal was performed. As long as the patient practices good oral hygiene and has regular dental visits, the results of a root canal procedure can be permanent.