Root Canal Treatment & Root Fillings
Root canal or endodontic treatment is needed when the nerve tissue or pulp that lives in the middle of a tooth becomes irreversibly inflamed (irreversible pulpitis) or the nerve dies. Both these nerve problems result in pain, however sometimes a dead nerve causes no symptoms for a while. In this case, often, a cyst may form in the bone at the apex of the root. A dental cyst is a bag of dead cells. This cyst can suddenly become infected causing pain and swelling
There are several causes of irreversible pulpitis or pulpal infection
Although there may be no pain symptoms for some patients needing treatment, typical indications of needing root canal treatment include
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal or filling is a sequence of treatments ( 1-2 appointments) resulting in the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future bacterial invasion. The inflamed or infected tooth pulp (made of nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities) is removed, cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with gutta-percha, a rubber-like inert filling material.
On completion of the procedure, the tooth may be brittle & liable to fracturing. So to fully re-establish function, teeth are typically restored with a crown or filling to strengthen the brittle cusps left on the tooth. Root canal treatments typically have a 75-90% success rate.
Why Have Endodontic ( Root Canal ) treatment?
With good oral hygiene & care (that includes brushing, flossing, regular checkups and cleanings) most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as your natural teeth. Saving a tooth with irreversible pulpitis or nerve infection by root treatment & then protecting the crown of the tooth with a suitable restoration (for with instance a dental crown or overlay) can maintain your natural smile & ensures you can continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work.
Should you choose to not have a root filling and have your tooth removed your options are are
See xrays of before and after a root canal is completed below
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