Root Canal Therapy
A root canal process is one of the most efficient ways to save and keep a tooth that has been significantly damaged by dental injury or decay.
According to the American Dental Association’s most current Survey of Dental Services, about 41,000 root canals are performed every day in the United States, with close to 15 million completed annually. Root canal therapy, rather than having the affected tooth pulled, is a generally suggested alternative due to the high success rate of this endodontic treatment and the importance of retaining a patient’s natural dentition for overall dental health.
When the important issues of the tooth, referred to as the “pulp,” become infected or inflamed as a result of an injury, extensive dental decay, or advanced periodontal disease, a root canal treatment is required. The blood arteries, nerves, and connective tissue that make up the dental pulp are contained in a single central canal or several canals in each tooth. These pulp tissues are necessary for a tooth’s development, maturation, and eruption. Once a tooth has developed, the dental pulp supplies sustenance and serves as a warning system that the tooth is suffering from decay or other types of injury. Sensitivity to various stimuli, such as biting down and eating or drinking hot or cold objects, is a warning from the nerves inside your tooth that dental disease or damage is wreaking havoc on the tooth or that an infection is on the way. The severity of your pain is determined by the extent of the injury and the involvement of nerves.
When Is The Root Canal Treatment Required?
When the dental pulp has become irreparably damaged or killed, but there is still enough good tooth structure and bone support around the tooth to retain and sustain it, a root canal operation is advised. A natural tooth can be effectively preserved with a root canal since a fully formed tooth does not require the dental pulp to be functional. The dentist removes the diseased dental pulp, cleans the inside of the tooth, and then fills all of the prepared canals with a biocompatible filling material during this operation. Once the canals have been sealed, and the tooth is symptom-free, it will require a proper restoration to restore its beauty and function, as well as to strengthen it so that it can withstand the stresses created in the mouth. A tooth that has had root canal therapy and restoration can be kept for many years with careful care.
A root canal treatment is as simple and painless as a conventional dental filling, thanks to modern technology and enhanced ways of care. While some root canals can be done in only one appointment, others may require two or three. The number of visits required to finish a root canal operation is determined by several factors, including the number of canals in a tooth, their anatomy, and whether or not an active infection exists.
When root canal therapy is suggested, it is critical to seek treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated, tooth decay and infection become more likely, with negative repercussions for oral health and overall well-being.