Root canal treatment (endodontic treatment): Root canal or endodontic treatment is a process whereby inflamed or dead pulp is removed from the inside of a tooth. This enables a tooth causing pain to be retained. With this treatment the infection is removed and allows the teeth to function normally.
The dental pulp consists of nerves, blood vessels and cells. It is located at the centre or core of the tooth. It nourishes and repairs the tooth if an injury is inflicted. Because of dental decay a broken tooth or cracked tooth allows bacteria to enter the pulp causing an infection. If the infection is not removed it will progress into an abscess and result in the loss of the tooth.
What does the treatment involve?
At the beginning of the treatment the dentist will gain access to the canals, once the canals are located the pulp is removed. The root canals are then cleaned, sterilised and shaped to a form that can be completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection. The treatment can take several appointments, depending on how complex the tooth is, and how long the infection takes to clear. At Roger Sharpe dental practice rotary instruments are used to do root canal treatment. Rotary instruments shorten appointment times and provide more comfort to the patient.
Subsequently a crown or complex restoration to restore or protect the tooth may be necessary, as a tooth after undergoing treatment may become more brittle.