OVERVIEW

Teeth consist of a crown and one or more roots. The crown is the part that you see. The roots do not you see. That sit under your gums anchored in the jaw. Each runs a root canal, root canal. This contains nerve fibers and small blood vessels. This living tissue is also called pulp. If the tissue is inflamed or inflammation has been the dentist performs a root canal treatment.

INFECTED TOOTH

What causes inflamed dental pulp?

Tooth decay or a leaking filling your pulp can become inflamed. A hard slap on your teeth can also be a reason. Bacteria are usually the cause of the inflammation. Do your teeth sensitive to when drinking cold or hot drinks? That can be a first signal. Sometimes the inflammation no complaints, but also severe pain occur. Your dentist must remove inflamed gum tissue, otherwise it will die. When the tooth tissue is not removed, the inflammation is to expand your jawbone. This allows bone around the teeth are lost. Ultimately, much jawbone disappear the teeth loose stand or even fail. Your tooth may feel too high.

What happens during a canal?

During a root canal treatment the dentist removes the inflamed or dead pulp. Inflamed or dead pulp heals anymore. It is an irreversible process. So get your dentist inflamed or dead tissue. A root canal treatment is also called cryotherapy or duct.

Procedure

Step 1

After the tooth is anesthetized, an opening is made through the crown into the pulp chamber.

Step 2

The length of the root canals is determined.

Step 3

Unhealthy pulp is removed. Canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.

Step 4

Canals are filled and sealed. A metal post may be added for structural support or to retain restorative materials.

Step 5

The tooth is sealed with a temporary filing. Usually a gold or porcelain crown adds further protection.

The material used to fill your root canal will probably last you a lifetime, but eventually the filling or crown may need to be replaced.

Is a canal treatment painful?

A root canal treatment with an anesthetic is usually not painful.

How long does the treatment take?

The length of a root canal treatment depends on the number of root canals. Teeth usually have one root. Choosing have always more. The treatment time therefore varies from half to one and a half hours. Often the dental root canal treatment in a single finish. Sometimes you come back a few times.

Provides a treatment afterpains?

After cleaning the root canals can possibly get afterpains, which may persist for several days, that it can be treatment with painkillers and antibiotic.