Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root. All teeth have between one and four root canals.
What Is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success and involves removing diseased tissue and halting the spread of infection, restoring the healthy portion of the tooth.
Infections can spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues. When the infection worsens it can begin to affect the root. Physical trauma or injury can also compromise the pulp and lead to infection.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems; pain and sensitivity are some of the first indications of a problem; but inside, a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, leading to an abscess.
Fortunately, most patients who have root canal treatment experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
Root Canal Treatment FAQ's
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Typically root canal treatment usually involves one to three visits. During the first visit, a small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber. Diseased tissue is removed, the inner chamber cleansed and disinfected, and the tiny canals reshaped. The cleansed chamber and canals are filled and medication to prevent infection. If necessary, the drilled hole is temporarily filled until a permanent seal is made with a crown.
Does A Root Canal Hurt?
Many people are under the false impression that root canal treatment is incredibly painful. That may have once been the case long ago but thanks to huge advancements in root canal therapy like specialized handpieces, attachments, and fill materials most patients experience little or no discomfort or pain. Best of all the newly restored tooth that can last almost as long as the healthy original.