Endodontics, or root canal treatment, helps restore the beauty of a smile. At Amazing Smiles, we use root canal treatments to repair and save teeth that are damaged or infected. The Amazing Smiles team takes on a conservative approach to restorative dentistry and tries to save as much of the original tooth as possible.
As part of the root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed. The inside of the canal is then carefully cleaned and shaped. After this, the canal is filled and space is sealed. Once the healing period has elapsed, the tooth will continue to function just like any other tooth!
Amazing Smiles prides in having a very high success rate with this treatment which is designed to save problem teeth. At Amazing Smiles, even the most problematic of teeth can be corrected to function amazingly!
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is required when the nerve inside the tooth becomes diseased and is not able to recover from the condition. A tooth, like any other part of the body, is a living thing. There are nerves going inside the tooth, and in a situation where the nerves contract an infection or decay, it requires treatment to disinfect the root canal.
During the root canal procedure, the dentist will remove the internal material from the canal, which is primarily the pulp chamber. This infected material is taken out and the canal is sterilized to make it completely free of infection. Thereafter, the cavity that has been created inside the tooth is filled up with an appropriate biocompatible material.
The damage to the inner nerves of the tooth may also be caused due to an injury or a hard impact on the tooth. In all such situations, the dentist will determine whether it is necessary to perform the root canal treatment to save the tooth structure from further infection.
The root canal treatment may be performed by any dentist, though it is always preferable to choose a root canal specialist or an endodontist who is a recognized expert in this procedure. Root canal treatment is considered to be a minimally invasive procedure. The goal of this treatment is to preserve the original tooth structure as far as possible.
If a nerve infection or injury inside the tooth is left untreated, the infection is likely to spread to the entire tooth structure, and eventually cause damage to the neighboring teeth as well. In extreme cases, the entire tooth may be lost to infection. Therefore, the timely intervention with a root canal treatment can save the tooth structure from getting completely damaged.
What Happens If The Pulp Gets Injured?
The dental pulp inside the tooth can get injured if it faces an extreme impact due to an accident. In such a situation, first, the dentist will look at the source and extent of the injury. If the tooth has slightly shifted from its original position due to the impact, or if the tooth has been mildly traumatized, the dentist will first observe and monitor the injury. After careful evaluation, the dentist can determine whether the nerve has been able to recover from the injury on its own.
In such a situation, the dentist will not initiate any root canal treatment and first wait for the nerve to show some response and recovery. But in case of very serious trauma where the dental pulp is badly injured or mutilated and shows no sign of recovery, there is no point in delaying the root canal treatment. In fact, it may cause further deterioration of the condition if treatment is delayed in the event of a serious pulp injury.
There are also certain injuries that may cause an infection to the nerve. Early intervention in such cases may save the pulp and avoid the eventuality of root canal treatment. Essentially, this means that if the pulp or the nerve remains under stress, but does not catch the infection, a root canal treatment can be possibly avoided. But if the nerve progresses from the stress stage to the disease stage, and fails to recover from that condition, it necessitates a root canal procedure.
In such a condition, the patient will usually experience pain, have a sensitivity to cold and will have difficulty in chewing. If the dentist determines during evaluation that the infection is reaching inside the canal, then a root canal treatment is important to preserve the tooth structure.