Root canal treatment is procedure where there is removal of the dead or dying nerve inside your tooth that is causing pain. There is formation of an abscess inside your teeth just like a pimple on your skin and this needs to be ‘popped’ and drained.
The most common causes of pulp damage or death are:
Once the pulp is infected or dead, if left untreated, pus can build up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth and cause pain
Root canal treatment consists of several steps that take place over several office visits, depending on the situation. These steps are:
Your treated and restored tooth/teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. Because tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth, good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems. As there is no longer a pulp keeping the tooth alive, root-treated teeth can become brittle and are more prone to fracture. This is an important consideration when deciding whether to crown or fill a tooth after root canal treatment. To determine the success or failure of root canal treatment, the most relied-upon method is to compare new X-rays with those taken prior to treatment. This comparison will show whether bone continues to be lost or is being regenerated.