Root Canal Treatments

smiling12

To understand a root canal therapy, or endodontics, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel outer layer and dentine, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

Root canal therapy is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure that involves the cleansing of the internal structure of the tooth (the dental pulp).

During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

rootcanal-treatment

Root canal therapy in the past has had a poor image and patients often express concern that they have heard that root canal can be unpleasant.  Modern root canal treatment,carried out with state of the art equipment,  is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.

Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.

[lastupdated]
Cosmetic Dentist Edinburgh
Assign a menu in the Left Menu options.