Today, a tooth can often be saved through root canal treatment.
Your teeth are maeant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseases or injured teeth were usually pulled.
What does the root canal treatment involve ?
This treatment may involve one or more dental visits. Your dentists or endodontics will perform the necessary steps to save your tooth.
First, your tooth is numbed for your comfort. A thin sheet of latex rubber is placed over your tooth to keep it dry. An opening is made through the crown on the tooth into the pulp chamber.
The tooth’s nerve or pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and root canal. Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled.
Your dentists may place medicine in the pulp chamber and root canal to help get rid of bacteria.
The root canals are usually filled with a rubber-like material to seal them.
A temporary filling is then placed in the tooth to prevent contamination of the root canals. your might be give antibiotics if the infection has spread beyond the endo of the roots. If you dentist prescribes medicine, use it only as directed. If you have any problems with the medicin, call your dentist.
During the next stage of treatment, the dentis removes the temporary filling and restores the tooth with a crown or a filling to strenghtne it and improve the wya it looks. If an endodontist performs the root canal treatment, he recommends that you return to your general dentists for this step.
How long will it last ?
When properly restored, a tooth with a root canal filling can last for many years. But, like any other tooth, it can become decayed or fractured or the tissue around it can get gum desease. Daily cleaning and regular dental exams will help keep your mouth healthy.
Be sure to attend all your follow-up appointments for your root canal treatment.