What is Root Canal Treatment?
Dental caries, commonly known as a ‘cavity,’ can lead to toothaches and sensitivity. It’s crucial to promptly seek dental care to address this issue. Typically, a dentist will conduct an X-ray to assess the extent of the cavities and any potential sources of infection within your tooth or teeth. If the cavities extend deeply, nearing the pulp or nerve of the teeth, your dentist may recommend a ‘ROOT CANAL TREATMENT‘ to preserve your teeth. Following a root canal treatment, the dentist may recommend additional procedures like Post and Core and Crowning/Capping, depending on the remaining tooth structure.
The duration of the root canal treatment varies based on the severity of the decay and infection, and it can be completed in a single session or multiple appointments.
Indications Of Root Canal Treatment
Tooth pain serves as the primary indication for root canal treatment. Tooth pain can manifest for various reasons, including:
- Heightened sensitivity to hot and cold stimuli.
- The presence of a periapical abscess (an infection within the tooth).
- Fractured or broken teeth/tooth.
- Discomfort or pain while chewing and biting.
- Gum swelling in conjunction with toothache.
- Advanced tooth decay.
Root canal treatment includes 3 stages
- Initial cleansing to manage surface-level bacterial decay or infection.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of the tooth’s roots, extending to the apex.
- Concluding with the filling of the tooth’s roots.