If you suffer from dental pain or infection caused by inflamed or dead nerve, root canal treatment is the best treatment option.
With the help of specific tools and techniques, your endodontist reaches deep into the affected tooth, removes inflamed nerve and debris, and seals the canal after applying a filling called gutta-percha. This will help stop the pain and infection.
Symptoms of root canal infection
If you have any of the following symptoms, there are chances that you may be suffering from an infection in the root canal:
- Tender or swollen gums
- A tooth that is painful when touched
- Too much sensitivity to hot and cold
- A damaged tooth
What causes the need for a root canal?
There are several reasons that cause the need for root canal treatment. They are:
- Large carries and deep repeated decay close to the nerve
- Nerve damage caused by physical trauma
- Nerve damage caused by a sinus infection
- Restorations that cause sensitivity to the nerve.
Root canal therapy steps:
- The first step of root canal therapy is taking an X-ray at the consultation visit to determine whether a root canal is needed.
- The procedure starts with numbing the tooth with a local anesthetic.
- Using special endodontic equipment like Endo Microscope, the decay will be removed, and an opening is created in the tooth to access each root's canals.
- After the opening is created, the damaged pulp is removed, and the canal is cleaned of any debris and infection.
- The canal will then be sealed using a special filling material called gutta-percha to prevent any leakage to the canal or recurrent infection.
- As the last step, a temporary filling will be placed over the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.