Root Canal Treatment
|Root Canal Treatment or Endodontics is a procedure that involves the filling of the core of the tooth (pulp)|
with an inert material.
What is the benefit of Root Canal Treatment?
What are the Indications for Root Canal Treatment?
The chief benefit of root canal treatment is that a tooth that otherwise might require extraction, can actually be saved to contribute to a healthy and functional dentition for many years.
If you have any of the above listed symptoms, it would be advisable to visit your dentist, since he can tell you whether you have a root canal disease or not, as some of these symptoms can be due to other problems as well.
Age factor for RCT
In young children the roots of the teeth are still developing. In such children it may be required to first undertake treatment to develop the root or close its wide-open apex and then continue with the root canal treatment subsequently.
If dental decay is permitted to progress, it results in a deep cavity that may reach the pulp thereby exposing it to the outer environment. Severe erosion or trauma to the tooth can also cause pulp exposure. When the pulp is exposed to the exterior, it develops inflammation and infection leading to pain. There are two ways to get relief from the pain, either a root canal treatment, or tooth extraction. An endodontically treated tooth can function normally in the mouth. If left untreated the tooth develops pain, swelling, etc, and the infection can spread deeper into the underlying bone. We recommend removing teeth as a very last option because natural teeth are the ones best suited for your mouth.
Root Canal Treatment consists of:
The removal of the infected or irritated nerve tissue that lies within the root of the tooth. It is this infected pulp tissue that causes an eventual abscess.