Root Canal Treatment

Posted on July 15, 2013

All teeth have root canals embedded in the tooth which contains blood vessels and nerves that supply the tooth. When the tissue in the root canal gets infected/inflamed you will experience what we usually call toothache. Sometimes it can also present as a swelling on the gums. It can be caused by large decay, trauma to the tooth, severe gum disease. But unfortunately not all teeth that have problem with the root canal will have pain so an X-Ray is required for further assessment.

Basically, root canal treatment is the removal of the infected/inflamed/necrotic tissue in the canal. After thorough cleaning, the canal is then prepared for placement of a filling material mostly commonly used is a rubbery material called gutta percha. Depending on the situation, usually root canal treatment requires more than 1 visit to complete.

After the root canal treatment is completed, we can then begin the final restoration of the tooth which is decided by your dentist clinically. The most common final restoration is crowning the tooth.

There are some situations your dentist will advise extraction of the tooth instead of root canal treatment due to poor/hopeless prognosis. In these cases tooth replacement with implant may be a better option.


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