Root Canal Therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of treating the inside of a tooth. The inside of the tooth is beneath the white enamel and hard layer called the dentin. The inside of the tooth consists of the soft tissue area called the “Pulp”.
Root canal therapy is required when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. If left untreated, the infected or inflamed area can lead to pain or a possible abscess.
Root canal therapy involves the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp, inside of a tooth. The dentist then fills the emptied space and seals the area.
Root Canal Therapy Common Steps
- The tooth is examined, then followed by an x-ray.
- Local anesthetic is administered for pain comfort.
- The dentists or endodontist places a small protective sheet over the tooth area in order to isolate. This will also keep the tooth clean and clear of saliva during the procedure.
- A small opening in the crown of the tooth is made, in order to remove the pulp from the pulp chamber.
- Once the space has been cleared and properly shaped, the dentist/endodontist fills the area with a biocompatible material. This material, called gutta percha, is placed along with an adhesive to complete the sealing of the root canal.
- Typically, a temporary dental filling is now added to close the opening.
- A returned visit is required, in order to have a crown placed on the tooth. This will help protect the tooth to everyday use.
You should not use the treated tooth by biting or chewing, until the restoration has been completed by your dentist. This tooth remains susceptible to fracture until the full restoration has been completed by the dentists/endodontist.
If you are experiencing any of the following signs such as pain, sensitivity to cold or heat, tenderness when chewing or touching, tooth discolouration, swelling or drainage in the nearby gum tissue then you should contact our dental office in Whitby.