Root Canal Therapy

A decayed tooth when not treated in the right time can progress  to reach the core of the tooth called pulp, which has the nerves and blood vessels. At this point, the person experiences intense pain and/or associated with swelling sometimes. This cannot be treated with usual filling anymore and would need root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy (also known as endodontic therapy, endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment) is a series of treatment procedures that are intended to remove the infected or dead pulp tissue, clean and prepare the canals for a filling that will seal the root apex and prevent future microbial invasion. 

Intentional root canal treatments are also done in occasions where the tooth is fractured (exposing the pulp) due to trauma or a broken tooth that doesn't have much structure left to restore with a filling . In these scenarios, a direct or an indirect post is placed in one of the root canals following the endodontic therapy, build the core of the tooth and then a crown is placed over it.

A rubber dam is placed around your tooth to isolate it from rest & prevent cross-contamination

Root canal therapy (RCT) is usually done in multiple visits  depending on how the tooth responds to the treatment. However, some root canal treatments can be performed in just one visit where the canals are vital and not invaded with bacteria .

After an RCT, the tooth tends to get brittle due to the loss of blood supply and fractures over a period of time. To prevent that, we strongly recommend a crown over the root treated tooth.

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