Signs of sensitive teeth are common among patients. It's a common dental condition that makes it difficult to consume hot or cold food. Sensitive teeth are the result of the infected dental pulp. A pulp infection may have occurred due to bacterial attack from an injury and broken enamel (from a fall or accident) leading to the entry of harmful germs into the dental pulp.
The dental pulp is a soft area within the canal that provides good fluids and nutrition to the enamel maintaining healthy teeth and smile. Any damage inflicted to the dental pulp would affect the health of the oral cavity preventing the patient masticating and performing other functions of the teeth.
Why is it important to remove infected tissues of the dental pulp?
Damaged tissues of the dental pulp can break down leading to bacterial accumulation within the pulp chamber. This can cause an infection or an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth can infect the tooth down to its roots. Infection in the root canal could cause swelling, bone loss, and gum damage.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a specialized endodontic procedure that restores infected pulp tissues by cleaning out the teeth's natural cavity.
What is the process involved in a root canal?
A root canal procedure is generally performed by an endodontist or a dentist and can be carried out in or more office visits. They specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases that may affect the dental pulp.
The endodontist would take necessary X-rays to get a clear picture of the infected canal. A root canal procedure would begin by administering the patient with local anesthesia. The endodontist would create an access hole into the tooth in order to reach out to the dental pulp. An abrasion tool would be used to remove the infected dental pulp. The canal would be cleared out and a disinfectant would be used to sterilize it.
Throughout the treatment, the endodontist would use a rubber dam around the tooth to keep it free of saliva. Once the canals are thoroughly cleaned, the endodontist would seal them with a temporary filling. The newly restored tooth would be protected with a dental crown.
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