Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

  • Posted: Dec 26, 2013
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When intensive rot has resulted in damage or death of the pulp in a tooth, the resulting infection of the nerves and blood vessels in the root requires that either the tooth be removed, or therapy known as root canal treatment be performed.

Root canal treatment typically requires two or more appointments. Initially the dentist will need to drill an access hole through the crown, whether natural or synthesised, to remove the infected tissue. The full length of the root canal ( s ) is then physically cleaned out using very fine filing instruments and then sterilized with the help of solutions and antibiotic pastes.

If there’s a pustule, the dentist may prefer to leave the tooth open to make allowance for drainage of liquids that may be causing intense pain due to the pressure within the tooth and jawbone. If this isn’t ideal, the dentist will place a temporary filling in the tooth and prescribe antibiotics, which should be taken before the next appointment. Once the symptoms have been eliminated, and the infection is under control, the canals are stuffed with a sterile rubbery material called gutta percha, and sealed with special pastes.

As most root-filled teeth are fragile and subject to fracture, it is much better to use an inlay, on lay or crown to revive the tooth rather than an ordinary filling. Occasionally, if root treatment is unsuccessful, and a remaining pustule is causing symptoms at the base of the tooth, a minor medical technique called an apicoectomy might be required to remove this infected tissue.

Important :

If root canal treatment is accepted, it is very important to have the tooth treated as soon as possible. An infection that’s permitted to continue will end up in a pustule, which will lead on to elimination of the fundamental bone tissue, and may make it impossible to save the tooth. In addition, the infection can spread through the blood vessels and lymph system, resulting in swelling in the neck and face, septicemia, fever and most likely, death.

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