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Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure performed to save a damaged or infected tooth. It involves removing the damaged or infected pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth), cleaning and disinfecting the area, and filling and sealing the root canals.

The procedure typically starts with the dentist numbing the area around the tooth with a local anaesthetic. They will then drill a hole in the top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber and root canals. Using special tools, the dentist will remove the damaged or infected pulp and clean and shape the root canals.

Once the canals are cleaned and disinfected, the dentist will fill them with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and seal the opening in the tooth with a temporary filling. The final step is to restore the tooth with a permanent filling or crown to protect it and restore its function.

Root canal treatment may be necessary for a variety of reasons, such as deep decay, trauma to the tooth, or a cracked or broken tooth. Symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling or tenderness around the affected tooth, or a darkening of the tooth.

Advances in dental technology and techniques have made the procedure much more comfortable these days. Patients may experience some discomfort or soreness after the procedure, but this can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers and should subside within a few days.

If left untreated, a damaged or infected tooth can lead to serious complications, such as an abscess (a pus-filled pocket that forms around the root of the tooth) or the spread of infection to other parts of the body. Root canal treatment is an effective way to save the tooth and prevent these complications.