What is root canal treatment and why is it done?
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure performed to remove damaged pulp tissue, the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, by treating the infections and preserving the teeth.
How is the procedure done?
- A small hole is drilled through the crown and the root canal is measured
- The infected pulp tissue is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal are cleaned out
- The pulp chamber is slightly enlarged and then disinfected
- The tooth is temporary sealed and the patient is scheduled for the next appointment
- In the next appointment the dentist clarifies that there is no remaining infection and fills the canals with gutta-percha
- The access opening is either filled with cement or a crown is fabricated and placed on it