Root Canal Therapy
Most people find that a root canal is no more painful than having a filling placed.
Root Canal Therapy is also known as Endodontic Therapy, and is perhaps the most commonly feared dental procedure. The pulp inside of a tooth can be damaged by deep decay, or by the tooth cracking. This can allow bacteria to spread into the tooth, and can lead to an infection of the pulp, which could result in pain, an abscess, or the tooth dying. To prevent that infection or the bacteria from spreading to other healthy teeth and surrounding tissue, a root canal is performed. To start, the dentist will drill into the pulp chamber of the tooth (where the nerves are located), and remove the infected pulp by scraping the pulp out of the root canals with fine dental files. Once the canals have been completely cleared and disinfected,the chambers of the tooth are filled with a putty like material called Gutta-Percha, which is melted and injected into the cleared passages. Once the root canal has been completed, it is recommended that the tooth be restored and protected with a crown. Over time with no nourishment or blood flow to the tooth, it becomes brittle, and is at high risk of fracturing.
Root Canal Therapy Steps