Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that replaces a tooth’s damaged or infected pulp with a filling. The pulp consists of specialised dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibers and some nerve fibers located in the hollow space in the central part of the tooth. The procedure is also known as endodontic treatment.
There are many things that can cause the nerve to become damaged or infected, such as:
Decay under a loose filling
A fracture to the tooth
A blow to the tooth
Severe wear of the tooth
Severe tooth grinding
Some types of gum disease
Success rates for endodontic treatment are generally good. About 90 to 95 per cent of patients who undergo root canal treatment can expect a functional tooth after the treatment. The treated tooth should last a very long time, provided that you maintain good oral hygiene and generally look after your teeth.
Root Canal Therapy Procedure
Though the concept of root canal treatment is simple, its procedure is slightly complex and requires a highly experienced dentist.
The root canal treatment procedure will consist of the following steps:
- Thorough examination to determine the exact cause of the problem
- Expose the infected root canal and remove the pulp, nerves and blood vessels
- Clean the root canal chamber and prepare the interior root canal wall surfaces
- Fill the root canal areas with a sterile, inert material
- Seal the root canal with a dental crown or permanent filling
Rest assured, the doctors at United Smiles are on your side throughout the procedure. We want you to enjoy the highest oral health and long-lasting dental solutions. United Smiles offers the most modern, effective and pain-free dental care services and will provide you with the most convenient and comfortable treatments possible.
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