When is Root Canal Treatment
There are two reasons why root canal treatment is necessary;
1, if the nerve and blood vessels in the middle of the tooth
[the dental pulp] has become inflamed or is degenerating, and is
2, if the dental pulp degenerates completely, the root canal is
then empty and usually becomes infected, inevitably causing an
This infection can spread and be painful.
Why does a Dental Pulp become
Tooth decay, a crack, or a large restoration if it involves the
dental pulp, may cause it to degenerate or become inflamed.
Sometimes this can happen for no apparent reason, perhaps
because of previous trauma.
How is a Root Canal Treatment Done?
Generally it is done over two or more appointments.
At the first debris and tissue is removed from the canals where
the pulp of the tooth is situated and a sedative dressing is
At subsequent appointments the canals are measured, then widened
The canals are then sealed with a rubber filling to prevent
Abscesses, in most cases will heal once the root canal treatment
Is the Tooth Dead After Root Canal
Treatment? No - the dental pulp is no longer present but the
outside of the tooth where it is connected to the bone is alive.
Is a Root Treatment Always Successful? No - sometimes the infection still remains. The tooth
will continue to cause pain and an extraction or an apicectomy
may be indicated.
As a general rule back teeth are more difficult to treat.
Will the Tooth be Weaker afterwards? Maybe - and until we can protect the tooth properly you
should be careful not to bite too hard.
However, the procedure has a reasonably good success rate and
while the tooth is always slightly compromised it should
continue to give good service.