Root Canal Treatment – A Guide For Patients
As we all know, all teeth have roots and each root has tiny pathway inside it called “Root Canal”.
Root canal is filled with pulp. And pulp is a collection of nerves,blood vessels and other tissues. pulp supplies energy to the tooth through blood. But sometimes this pulp gets infected.
So basically we do RCT (Root Canal Treatment) when pulp gets infected.
Causes of infection :
Tooth crack, injury to the tooth, may be the result of a deep pocket in the gum around a tooth. And “some times” when you take your oral hygiene for granted (which happen all the time 😛 ) cavity will form on a tooth and later infection reaches pulp through that cavity.
Anyway if pulp is infected, the first sign is sensitivity and later pain in a tooth.
Infected pulp means bacteria growing inside your tooth. Which can eventually kill a tooth. (Yeah!, you took your oral hygiene for granted and now you don’t deserve a natural tooth).
But, there is one last chance for you to save a tooth even after its death by an infection. And that is by getting a Root Canal Treatment.
“A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT IS A PROCEDURE TO REMOVE DEAD/DYING PULP TISSUE AND BACTERIA FROM INSIDE A TOOTH”
Okay, read on if you wanna know what a dentist is doing during a root canal treatment…
Good. You choose to read,right? 🙂 .
Basic knowledge about RCT will help you to assure that the dentist is giving you a quality treatment.
At first dentist will use a needle to place numbing medicine (anesthetic) around the tooth. Yeah you may feel a pinching effect while placing the needle its nothing when you compare it to the pain due to an infected pulp.
After you lose the sense of pain due to numbing medicine your dentist will use a small drill to open your tooth and expose the pulp inside. This is called “access”
Then infected pulp is removed using a small instrument called ‘files’. The root canals are cleaned, and medicine may be places in to the root canal to make sure that all germs are removed and to prevent further infection.
The tooth area is sealed with a soft temporary material, and later a permanent crown(cap) will be placed on top.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
You might need to schedule another few visits to the dentist and take X-rays to make sure all the signs of infection is gone…..
Take good care of your treated tooth and all other teeth. make sure that the rest of your tooth won’t get infected cause of your carelessness . Please start brushing twice daily. As this famous quote says….
“PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE”
Author: Mind Dentistry
Article originally appeared at: http://www.minddentistry.com/