Endodontic Dentistry – Root Canal Treatment
Endodontic Dentistry called as Root canal treatment is related to the field of dentistry related with tooth pulp and pulp problems. Damage to teeth, such as cracks or deep cavities, can reach down to the nerve tissue and blood vessels residing in the soft pulp of the tooth. Damage to the pulp can lead to painful swelling, damage to the jaw bones or muscles, and the formation of abscesses. If left unchecked, this could lead to loss of tooth or tooth removal. However, with technological advancement in dental procedures, dentists use a procedure called a root canal to restore and protect the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels and hence are able to save tooth in such conditions.
Steps involved in Endodontic / Root Canal treatment
Step 1: The tooth is anesthetized, an opening is made through the crown into the pulp chamber.
Step 2: The length of the root canals is determined.
Step 3: Unhealthy pulp is removed. Canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
Step 4: Canals are filled and sealed. A metal post may be added for structural support or to retain restorative materials.
Step 5: The tooth is sealed with a temporary filling. Usually a crown adds further protection.
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