If your tooth's nerve
chamber becomes infected by decay, root canal
treatment is often the only way to save your
Inside your tooth's
hard outer shell is a nourishing pulp of blood vessels, lymph vessels and
nerves. The root's canal, allow these vessels and nerves to extend to the
Deep tooth decay,
or injury can cause serious damage and infection to the pulps nerves and
vessels. Root canal, also known as endodontic,
treatment cleans out the infected pulp chamber and canals.
Some indications of
the need for root canal treatment may be:
Spontaneous pain or throbbing.
Pain while biting or
Sensitivity to hot and
Severe decay or injury
that causes an abscess (infection) in the bone surrounding the tooth.
[Endo. Procedure] [Endo.
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.
After the tooth is
anesthetized, an opening is made through the crown into the pulp chamber.
The lengths of the
roots' canals are determined.
Unhealthy pulp is
removed. Canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped using progressively larger
Canals are filled
and sealed. A metal post
may be added for structural support or to retain restorative materials.
The tooth is sealed
with a tempory filling. Usually a gold
or porcelain crown adds further protection.
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