Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment or Endodontics is a procedure that involves the filling of the core of the tooth (pulp) with an inert material.
Development of Caries
- A Normal Tooth
- B Beginning and advancement of caries
- C Deeply destroyed, carious tooth with gangrenous pulp and acute opical periodontitis, submucosal phase
- D Deeply destroyed, carious tooth with gangrenous pulp and acute apical periodontitis, enostal phase
Saving your Teeth with Root Canal Treatment
Your tooth is opened, then your root canal is cleaned and shaped
Cleaning and shaping your root canals
First, your dentist makes an opening in your tooth and removes any fillings and decay. Then your dentist removes unhealthy pulp with tiny, flexible, files. Using delicate, up-and-down motions, your dentist gently cleans and smoothens your canals to prepare them for the canal-filling materials.
Filling your root canals
After the pulp has been removed from your root canals and they have been smoothened, your root canals will be filled. Your dentist may fill the canals with tiny cone-shaped pieces of gutta-percha, a firm, rubber like material, or use another dental material. A sealer cement is used to seal the filling material into place.
The success rates for Root Canal Therapy have been reported to be as high as 95%.