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What is Root Canal Treatment?

It’s a treatment procedure done to “preserve” a dead tooth, the root canal procedures help in preserving, restoring, and retaining the dead tooth to its form and function.

Our tooth has hard outer white enamel, vital yellow dentine, and the inner soft tissue a pulp.

Pulp has a nutritive function through its rich blood supply and is sensitive because of the presence of nerve endings. If the tooth becomes decayed and is not treated at the right time, it may progress and infect the pulp tissue which requires root canal treatment

Root canal treatment removes bacteria from the infected root canal and prevents further reinfection and saves natural tooth. When a root canal is performed, the infected pulp is removed, and the inside of the root is cleaned and sterilized before filling and sealing the root canals.

Myths about root canal

  1. “Root canal treatment is painful”

In fact, it is a pain reliever. Most patients will characterize the treatment as painless because of advanced technologies and anesthetics.

  1. “Root canal treatment causes illness”

There is no scientific evidence connecting root canal therapy and diseases.

  1. “The better alternative to a root canal is a tooth extraction”

Saving your natural tooth is a better option. You can never really replace a natural tooth.

While most artificial teeth do not last long, requiring frequent visits, a root canal can last a lifetime.

  1. “A root canal kills the tooth”

The interior of a tooth is cleaned and disinfected during a root canal procedure. It allows it to heal rather than damaging it even further.

  1. “Root canal take forever and you need multiple appointments “

Root canals may now be completed in a short span of time due to advanced technologies.

Appointments only depend on the severity of the damage.

Advantages of saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment

  • Proper and effective chewing.
  • Normal force and sensation on biting.
  • Natural appearance.
  • Prevents opposing tooth from wear and abrasion.