Root canal treatment also called ‘Endodontic treatment’, involves relieving tooth pain by removing the nerve tissue located in the centre of the tooth and root. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
This is not a surgical procedure and no gum tissue is affected. The newer methods of local anaesthesia ensure none to minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. The inflamed or infected pulp is removed, the inside of the root canal is carefully cleaned and shaped and filled with a bio-compatible material to seal the space.
A final restoration of the tooth with a filling or a crown is required to protect the structural integrity of the tooth.It can then continue to function like any other tooth. Once a root canal procedure is finished, it is essential to have the final restoration completed promptly to ensure that the tooth is not exposed to any bacterial breakdown.
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