Root canal therapy is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the tooth from future bacterial invasion.
Root canals, and their associated pulp chamber are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities. Together, these items constitute the dental pulp.
Root canal therapy involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of the hollows with small files and irrigating solutions, and the filling of the cleaned canals thereafter.
In simple words, a root canal involves going inside of the tooth, cleaning out all of the bad and infected stuff, and replacing it with artificial filling material that is healthy for the tooth. Once the root canal is finished, the tooth will need a permanent restoration. This can be a filling, crown, or onlay.
Who is benefited by Root Canal Therapy?
In the past, the phrase ‘root canal’ has been associated with a lot of pain and fear. These days, the treatment is relatively quick, simple, and is done with minimal patient discomfort!
Root canal therapy usually only takes a single visit, but it also depends greatly on what the dental specialist finds once they have gained access into the root canal, or if the infection is too great.