Root canal treatments are one of the most dreaded of dental procedures. Dental decay will progress deep inside the tooth and will reach the pulp tissue if you leave it untreated. With the help of Root canal treatment for example with a filling it is possible to replace the infected pulp.
With the use of this treatment you can save the teeth which would otherwise need to be removed. Let us understand the procedure in detail.
How does tooth get infected?
The root canal of teeth includes nerves and blood vessels, which nourishes the teeth by providing nutrients and oxygen. In the outer layers of the teeth when the dental decay is neglected, it progresses to the root canals, where the blood vessels and nerves get inflamed and infected. The inflamed pulp tissue dies and by infected material and pus it is replaced.
This causes swelling and pain, and it may cause damage to the surrounding bone structure resulting in tooth abscess if you leave it untreated. Hence the treatment of root canal is done to remove the infected pulp and to replace it with a filling.
Root canal procedure:
It is also known as endodontic treatment; cleaning and sterilizing the root canal and removing the infected tissue is involved under the root canal treatment. Depending on the situation this procedure is carried out by your dentist over two or more visits. If the tooth has an active infection, to reduce the pain and infection antibiotics are prescribed for 3-5 days.
Prior to treatment local anesthesia is given so that the patient is comfortable. First of all, during the treatment a rubber dam is placed around the infected tooth to ensure the tooth is dry and to prevent contamination of the canals.
With the help of a dental drill the upper layer of the teeth is opened and after that the pulp chamber of the tooth is accessed by the dentist followed by the removal of the infected pulp.
In the next with the use of a series of small files the interior of your tooth is cleaned. The pulp chamber and canal is enlarged and cleaned with the help of these tooth files. This part may need to be carried out in multiple visits and may take several hours. The dentists in Windsor also offer Teeth Whitening service.
It also depends upon the tooth that is infected. The premolars and molars have two or three roots with multiple canals, hence treatment will continue for a longer period if there are more roots in the teeth.
During the first visit, after the thorough cleaning of the tooth only the temporary filling is done. During the next visit, first of all the temporary filling is removed then the canal is filled and lastly the tooth is sealed with a crown. By crowning the root-filled tooth can be protected from fracturing.
Until the treatment is complete avoid eating hard foods. By regular brushing and flossing you can maintain a good oral hygiene. Intake of sugar and colas should be reduced. Your treated tooth can last a lifetime if you take proper of it.