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
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
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
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
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
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.