A root canal is a procedure used to treat a tooth that has become infected or inflamed in the pulp chamber, the area that contains the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth. The infection can be caused by various factors, including tooth decay, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the tooth. If the infection is not treated, it can cause an abscess, severe pain, and, eventually, tooth loss.
Removing infected or diseased pulp
The root canal procedure consists of removing the infected and dying pulp from the inside of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the inside, and filling and sealing the root canals to prevent further infection. The procedure is typically done in one or two visits and can usually be completed in one hour.
During the procedure, the dentist or endodontist will open the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals. They will then use small instruments, such as files, to remove the infected pulp. Next, the root canals will be cleaned and disinfected to remove any remaining bacteria. After the canals are cleaned and shaped, a sealer paste is used with a small rubber-like material called gutta-percha to fill the canals. This material will be used to help to prevent bacteria from re-entering the canals.
The foundation of a tooth: build up and possible crown.
Once the root canals are filled and sealed, the tooth becomes weak and more susceptible to fracture. The dentist will recommend a buildup and a crown to protect the tooth and restore its function. A tooth buildup can be made of various materials such as resin-based composite or glass ionomer. It’s used to build up the remaining tooth structure after the root canal to provide a good foundation for the crown.
A crown is a type of dental restoration that covers the remaining tooth structure to protect it and restore its shape and function. Crowns can be made of different materials such as metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), all-porcelain, zirconia, or ceramic.
The combination of root canal treatment with a build-up and crown will help to save the tooth and prevent further complications; also, it will help to restore the full function of the tooth and to improve its esthetics.
Cost of root canal therapy
Root canals can be a costly procedure, but they are ultimately worth it because they save a natural tooth from extraction. Extraction can lead to more extensive and costly procedures such as dental implants or bridges. A root canal procedure can also alleviate pain and prevent further infection, which can save patients from additional health complications. Additionally, an endodontist who specializes in root canal treatment can use advanced equipment and techniques to increase the success rate of the procedure, leading to better long-term outcomes. In summary, while a root canal may have a high initial cost, it can save a significant amount of money and improve overall oral health in the long run. Please see this article for more information.
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