Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Diseased or injured teeth were usually pulled years ago. But now of days, a tooth can often be saved through root canal treatment (endodontic treatment). Endodontics deals with treating diseases or injuries to the dental pulp. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canal and other endodontic treatments.
ROMOVING A TOOTH CAN CREATE PROBLEMS
When a tooth is removed and not replaced, the teeth around it will shift. This can create problems biting, chewing, and make it harder to clean your teeth. Then your more likely to get gum disease. Root canal treatment can prevent these problems by saving your natural tooth. Also, root canal treatment usually is less expensive than a replacement tooth.
WHAT DOES TREATMENT INVOLVE?
Root canal treatment may involve one or three dental visits.
- First, your tooth is numbed for your comfort. While your tooth is beginning to become numbed a thin sheet of latex rubber is placed over your tooth to keep it dry. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into a pulp chamber.
- Then the tooth’s nerve (the pulp) is removed from the pulp chamber and root canal. Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled
- Next, medicine is placed in the pulp chamber and root canal to help rid any kind of bacteria. Most root canals are usually filled with a rubber-like material to seal them
- While temporary filling is then placed on the tooth to prevent contamination of the root canal. Each individual is given antibiotics if the infection has spread beyond the end of the roots.
- During the next stage of treatment, the dentist removes the temporary filing and restores the tooth with a crown or a filling to strengthen it and improve the way it looks, because without having your root will weaken the tooth making fragile without the crown.