Root Canal

Root Canal

Salvaging Smiles: The Essentials of Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment is a dental procedure aimed at treating infected or damaged tooth pulp. The pulp, located in the center of the tooth, can become infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or trauma. Root canal therapy involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, and then filling and sealing it to prevent further infection.

A root canal treatment can save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.

Procedure :

  1. Examination and Diagnosis: The dentist examines the tooth, takes X-rays, and determines the extent of infection or damage to the pulp.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the affected tooth, ensuring the patient’s comfort during the procedure.
  3. Pulp Removal: The dentist creates an access opening in the tooth and removes the infected or damaged pulp tissue from the root canal using specialized tools.
  4. Cleaning and Shaping: The root canal is thoroughly cleaned and shaped to remove any remaining bacteria and debris.
  5. Disinfection: Antimicrobial solutions are used to disinfect the root canal, eliminating any bacteria that could cause reinfection.
  6. Filling: The cleaned and shaped root canal is filled with a biocompatible material, usually gutta-percha, to seal the canal and prevent further infection.
  7. Restoration: After the root canal procedure, a dental crown or filling is placed on the tooth to restore its strength, function, and appearance.
  8. Follow-up: Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the healing process and ensure the success of the root canal treatment.

Root Canal Treatment is crucial for preserving natural teeth and alleviating pain caused by infected or damaged pulp. By removing the infected tissue and sealing the tooth, this procedure not only saves the tooth but also prevents the spread of infection to surrounding tissues. Additionally, it restores the tooth’s functionality, allowing patients to chew and bite comfortably.

Dr.R.SRUTHI (MDS)

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