Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy is designed to relieve dental pain and save your tooth from further damage. The soft tissue in the root canal structure of your teeth is similar to the system of a plant; the canals of a tooth have the main branches and many smaller branches on the side. This type of treatment is performed when the root canal has become infected or inflamed which can be as a result of tooth decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip inside the tooth.
During the procedure, precision dentistry is used to treat the cell. Radiographic imaging is utilised as a tool to diagnose the problems in the canal and to see to it that the tooth canals are sealed correctly. Ultrasonic instrumentation is used to remove old canal fillings and posts. Operating microscopes are used to locate and better visualise the whole canal system.
The treatment process
- Numbing to the tooth canal system.
- Cleaning and removal of the infected or inflamed tissue.
- Gutta-percha filling to prevent contamination and infection.
- Post application for additional support.
General symptoms of endodontic problems
- Fluctuating tooth pain.
- Tooth pain that often intensifies when you bite down on it.
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to liquids and hot foods.
- Tender or swollen gums around a tooth.
Lack of information is often what leads to nervousness regarding endodontic treatment. Root canal treatment may sound daunting and complicated, but it does not have to be. You can always ask your dentist to explain anything you do not entirely understand. Also, remember that you need a professional diagnosis for you to have the procedure performed. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, contact our practice to book an appointment so that you can be examined and get a diagnosis.