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Root Canal

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure designed to save a severely damaged or infected tooth. This procedure becomes necessary when the soft pulp inside the tooth, which houses nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues, becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma. Left untreated, such conditions can lead to severe pain, abscess formation, and the eventual loss of the tooth. Root canal treatment aims to alleviate pain, save the natural tooth, and restore its functionality.

The procedure involves several steps. Starting with a thorough examination and X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. The dentist then administers local anaesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the process. Once the tooth is numb, a small access opening is made to reach the infected pulp. The damaged pulp is carefully removed, and the interior of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and shaped to prepare for filling. A biocompatible material is used to fill the empty space, sealing the canals to prevent further infection.

After the root canal, the tooth is generally weakened and is more susceptible to fractures. Therefore, a crown is often recommended to protect and strengthen the treated tooth. This restoration process ensures the tooth’s structural integrity while also providing a natural appearance. Patients may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity following the procedure. This is temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Root canal treatment has garnered an undeserved reputation for being a painful procedure. With advancements in dental technology and anaesthesia, the discomfort once associated with root canals is minimal. The benefits far outweigh any potential drawbacks. Saving a natural tooth through root canal therapy not only preserves the aesthetics of the smile but it also maintains proper chewing function and prevents neighbouring teeth from shifting. Overall, root canal treatment is a highly effective and routine dental procedure that allows patients to retain their natural teeth and enjoy a pain-free, healthy smile. Regular dental check-ups and prompt intervention at the first sign of trouble can help prevent the need for such extensive treatments and promote optimal oral health.

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