Root canal treatment FAQ
Our tooth structure is comprised of two parts: the crown, which is the visible part of our white; and the root that holds or supports the tooth. The structural components of a tooth are: hard outer covering or the tooth enamel, dentine that is present under the enamel, cementum and dental pulp. The dental pulp is the tender tissue located at the tooth centre. It contains blood vessels and nerves. When the tooth is infected or decayed or it is broken due to any trauma, then the bacteria inside our mouth infect the dental pulp, destroying the soft tissues. If proper care is not taken, the infection will spread down affecting the root canal. The tissues abiding the tooth then turn red and inflamed and this may cause toothache. Root canal treatment in these cases becomes a must.
Procedure required for a root canal treatment
A small hole is made via a drilling machine to reach to the pulp chamber from the top of the tooth. The root canal treatment process involves removal of the decayed pulp along with the tooth’s nerve surgically. The chamber is then washed and cleaned properly. The area is then sealed with cement. Usually, a crown is placed on top of the tooth surface to protect it from further damage and give it an improved look and feel. Normally, a person requires visiting their dentist from one to three times depending upon the condition of the root canal. The first visit is mostly an examination of the tooth and how deep the decay is with the help of n X-ray. The X-ray allows a better vision of the inner portion of the tooth so that the doctor can provide the required treatment and capping.