You can think of root canal treatments as special, deep fillings meant for the third, innermost layers of the teeth. Usually, when a lesion of caries is seen on the enamel or dentin, it can be removed and repaired with tooth-coloured restorative materials. However, when this lesion is left untreated, or if appointments are delayed, the infection can invade further inwards, invading the pulp. This condition is known as Irreversible Pulpitis and must be treated with Root Canal Therapy in a timely manner.
Here are the brief steps of the procedure:
Anaesthesia is administered at the site of surgery to numb the region
The caries is removed and the pulp chambers of the tooth are revealed
Using endodontic K and H files, the infected pulp is removed, and the canals are cleaned
Following complete disinfection of the dental canals, a specialized endodontic restorative materials and filled in to replace the pulp
The tooth is then prepared for crown fabrication and cementation
Root canal treatments can effectively save teeth from being extracted – but remember that by maintaining good oral hygiene and visiting the clinic regularly, they can be avoided altogether. Book your check-up and clean appointment with the team at Iowa Dental today.