root canal treatment
Root Canal Treatment
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.
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.