Endodontic Treatments

For Tooth Pulp and Pulp Problems

What is Root Canal?

A tooth consists of a crown and one or more roots. The roots anchor the tooth in the jawbone. Within the tooth is the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth. In the case of a diseased tooth, the pulp is infected or damaged.

A Root Canal, also called Endodontic Treatment removes the infected or damaged pulp from the diseased tooth. Then hollow pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, filled and sealed.

Its Benefits

A root canal saves a tooth that would otherwise have been extracted. The tooth can still be used for basic functions such as biting and chewing.

Procedure

An small opening is made into the crown of the tooth. The pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and the root canals. The canals are then cleaned.

The canals are filled with an inert material and the access opening covered with a permanent filling. In many cases, a crown is placed on the tooth.

Final Note

A Root Canal treated tooth may be slightly more brittle than a normal tooth. At times, it may be prone to darkening, but with the proper restoration and care, it can last many years.

Proper care should include regular brushing, flossing, proper diet and bi-yearly dental visits.

Source: http://www.dentalhealth.org.sg