Root Canal Treatment
Damaged pulp once led to the removal of the tooth. With today’s advancement however, dentists use a procedure called a root canal to restore and protect the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels hence saving the tooth.
The primary goal of endodontic treatment is to create an environment within the root canal system which allows for healing and continued maintenance of the health of periradicular tissue. A successful procedure is one which has removed bacteria in the tooth and completely filled the canals.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
- Removal of bacterial infection from tooth
- Removal of pain
- Prevention of further spread of infection throughout tooth to periapical tissue and surrounding bone
For the first few days following the completion of treatment, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort usually can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.