Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is necessary when the centre part within the tooth, known as the pulp, housing the blood vessels, nerves and living connective tissues, become infected or inflamed. The root canal procedure is performed to save a damaged or badly infected tooth, instead of extracting it.
Is getting a root canal painful?
Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp which is composed of nerves and blood vessels in the tooth becomes infected or damaged.People fear root canals because they assume they are painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.
How many appointments are needed for a root canal?
Generally, front teeth have one canal and the back teeth have multiple canals. Root canal treatment usually takes one to three visits depending on the difficulty of the canal system; more canals and curved roots may take more visits or a complicated infection may take longer to complete.
How long does it take to get a root canal?
A tooth is likely to be treated in two appointments if it is getting a retreatment (being treated a second time). Patients are often curious how long a root canal takes to finish. They can generally expect one or two appointments of about 90 minutes each.
Is the tooth dead after a root canal?
Also known as endodontics, root canal treatment aims to clear all infection from thetooth and root. Once the infection has cleared, the dentist will fill the tooth permanently. A dead tooth can still be functional after treatment, as most of the tooth is still intact.
Is root canal painful after treatment?
Fast facts on pain after a root canal: A root canal will treat the diseased tissue (pulp) while preserving the rest of the tooth. A person will be given anesthetic before the procedure, so it is usually no more painful than a typical dental filling. If a root canal fails, redoing it can fix the problem.
How long does a root canal last?
Your restored tooth after root canal therapy could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However, regular checkups are necessary. As long as the root(s) of a treated tooth are nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy.