Saving Teeth Through
Root Canal Treatment
is root canal treatment?
The procedure involves removing inflamed or
damaged tissue from inside a tooth and cleaning,
filling and sealing the remaining space.
do I need it?
The pulp, or soft inner tissue of your
tooth, is normally surrounded and protected
by a layer of dentin. Above the gumline,
the dentin is protected by a layer of
enamel; below the gumline, the dentin
is covered by cementum. When a deep
cavity, decay or crack destroys these
protective layers, the pulp is exposed
to the bacteria in your mouth. This
can result in inflammation, infection
and, eventually, necrosis (pulp death).
A severe blow to the tooth can also
damage the pulp. Irritants may then
escape from the end of the root and
cause a diseased area (apical lesion)
in the bone.
Root canal treatment
removes the damaged pulp and irritants.
This allows the bone surrounding the
root end to repair and heal.
I just have the tooth removed?
You could, but then adjoining teeth may
shift and interfere with biting and chewing.
You can have a replacement tooth implanted
or attached to adjacent healthy teeth,
but this can be expensive and require
even more dental treatment. There is no
real substitute for your own tooth, which
is more efficient in chewing and biting
than an artificial one would be.
much does root canal treatment cost?
The cost of root canal treatment depends on
the severity of your problem, as well as the
tooth location and number and shape of canals.
Additionally, fees vary depending upon the
educational experience of practitioner. Please
ask for a cost estimate before treatment begins.
happens during root canal treatment?
An examination, including radiographs, will
be performed. A local anesthetic will be given,
if necessary. Complete treatment consists
of the following five basic steps:
Is this going to
With modern techniques and anesthetics people
report that having a root canal treatment
is about as unremarkable as having a cavity
filled. Should you experience any discomfort,
signal the Doctor, who will do everything
possible to make you comfortable.
How long will
my tooth last?
Although the pulp is removed, your tooth remains
alive, nourished by surrounding bond and gum
tissues. With a permanent restoration, regular
brushing and flossing, proper diet and periodic
dental checkups, your tooth has an excellent
chance for success.
You will be contacted in the future to return
for a recall appointment, when the tooth will
be radiographed and examined to be sure healing
has occurred. There is no charge for this
service. A postcard will be sent to remind
you to make this appointment.
After a Root Canal
Soreness: Most patients
experience a little soreness after the appointment.
This may be due to the injection, the necessity
of keeping the mouth open for a long time,
or the treatment. Your temporary filling will
be hard enough to bite on within approximately
a half-hour, but avoid biting or chewing on
the treated tooth if it hurts.
Pain: Sometime pain and
swelling may be present after RCT. Remember,
if your tooth hurt before you came in for
treatment, it may take a while to heal. Take
proper dosage of Antibiotics and Pain Killers
as per the instruction of the Doctor which
will reduce the pain and swelling slowly
Permanent Filling: When
your root canal treatment is complete, a temporary
filling is placed. The tooth needs to be permanently
restored to prevent contamination or fracture.
Every Root Canal Treated tooth must have a
crown to be made either a ceramic or metal
free ceramic material called E- Max.