Root Canals are the pulp filled cavity in the root of a Human’s tooth. A Root Canal is also used to refer to the treatment used to repair a tooth that is severely infected. In order to understand the Treatment, it is essential that one understands the anatomy of a Human Tooth. Below the White Enamel of the tooth is a soft tissue called the Pulp. The Pulp is the part of the tooth where blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues of the tooth are located. The Root Canal Treatment is a form of Endodontic Treatment as detailed by the AAE. This is a treatment that deals with the inside of a tooth. Endodontic Treatments are necessary when the pulp is infected and inflamed.
During the treatment, the infected and inflamed pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The Pulp is now replaced with a Rubber-like Material called Gutta-Percha. Once this is in place, the Tooth is restored with a filling or Crown for Protection. Modern Treatment Procedures are usually completed in two visits to the Dentist or Endodontist.
WHY THE PULP HAS TO BE REMOVED:
When the Pulp is damaged, it breaks down and becomes fertile ground for Bacteria Growth. If the removal of the Pulp is delayed, the tooth will become abscessed as a result of bacteria growth. If a tooth becomes, abscessed, the resulting swelling may affect the entire mouth and spread to other parts of the Face and Neck.
SIGNS OF A NEED OF ROOT CANAL TREATMENT:
There are certain signs that indicate that a Person may need the Root Canal Treatment. They include:
1. Severe Tooth Ache upon chewing.
2. Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures of food or drink.
3. Discoloration of the Pulp.
4. Swelling of Pulp.
BENEFITS OF THE TREATMENT:
Saving the Tooth with this Procedure has several benefits which includes, Efficient Chewing, Normal sensation in the tooth and normal appearance of tooth. The biggest advantage of the treatment is that it ensures that there are no further complications.