Endodontic Therapy or Endodontic Treatment or Root Canal Therapy is a dental treatment for removing infection from inside a tooth. It can also protect the tooth from future infections.
- Root canal therapy is used to remove nerves from the pulp of a tooth.
- It is thought to be very painful but is a pain-relieving treatment.
- Root canal therapy costs vary, but it is a less costly option than having a tooth removed and replaced with a crown or bridge.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
The Root Canal( ENDODONTIC THERAPY ) is not a treatment, it is a part of our tooth. It is the hollow section of a tooth that contains the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells, also known as the pulp.A tooth consists of a crown and roots. The crown is mainly above the gum, while the roots are below it. The roots attach the tooth to the jawbone.
Root canal therapy is done in three steps, and it takes between one and three sessions to complete.
- CLEANING THE ROOT CANAL – Firstly, dentist cleans everything inside the root canal. With the patient under local anesthesia, the dentist makes a small access hole on the surface of the tooth and removes the diseased and dead pulp tissue with very small files.
- FILLING OF ROOT CANAL – Next, the dentist cleans, shapes and decontaminates the hollow area, using tiny files and irrigation solutions. Then, the tooth is filled with a rubber-like material, using an adhesive cement to seal the canals completely.
- ADDING A CROWN – However, the tooth will be now more fragile after the treatment, than it was before. A tooth with no pulp must receive its nourishment from the ligament that attaches the tooth to the bone. This supply is adequate, but in time, the tooth will become more brittle, so a crown or filling offers protection
WHAT IS THE NEED OF CROWN OR FILLING AFTER ROOT CANAL THERAPY?
A crown may supply the finishing touch after a root canal – sealing the tooth and strengthening it for the long term .Root canals save teeth from decay, but they can also weaken them.
When the pulp inside a tooth is infected or no longer living, dentists can treat the tooth through a root canal by removing the pulp and apply filling to replace it. When performing routine root canals, however, dentists drill through the tooth and then remove infected and decayed enamel, dentin and pulp. For this reason, teeth with large cavities are weak even when the cavities are filled. Because root canals also remove the pulp, the teeth involved can no longer function as living things. Over time, this deficit causes them to lose strength and become likely to fracture.
After performing root canal work, dentists apply permanent fillings to protect the treated teeth from bacteria and to strengthen them in the process. For many root canal procedures, however, fitting crowns over the filled teeth is necessary because of the high risk of fracture without the extra protection crowns provide.
Another advantage of crowns is that they restore the natural appearance of your teeth. For incisor and canine teeth that are relatively intact, a root canal without crown placement may be perfectly fine because Teeth at the front of the mouth experience less physical stress than premolars and molars because they are not used for chewing. Whether teeth are covered by crowns or filled without them, keep in mind they are still vulnerable to tooth decay. Brush your restored teeth twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste.
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Your dentist can ultimately help you determine the best option for restoring a tooth after a root canal, for that you can contact the best endodontist in the city – Dr. Shruti Malik, Radix Healthcare.