Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment or Endodontic treatment is required when the nerve of a tooth has been damaged due to trauma, dental decay.
Each living or vital tooth has a nerve area called the pulp chamber. Exposure of bacteria to this area can cause the pulp contained within the chamber to die off. This may or not may not be a painful process.
Commonly people associate root canal treatment to be painful, but it is normally the pain from the pulp death prior to the root canal treatment that patients remember. Root canal treatment is carried out appropriately in most cases can be pain free when proper local anaesthetic is administered.
Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is carried out by your dentist in a number of ways. Either stainless steel hand files or rotary nickel titanium files can be used depending on the root canal option you select.
Root canal treatment does unfortunately have a 100% success rate, as part of the successful outcome is based on the patients own immune system and how it deals with infection. High success rates can be achieved with meticulous care and time being spent on the root canal treatment.
The pulp chamber and root canal system which supplies the blood supply to the pulp can be complex and difficult for nerve canals to be identified with normal vision alone. In some cases a specialist in root canal treatment - an Endodontist may be advised to ensure the best outcome is possible and a tooth is saved.
If you elect not to have root canal treatment if required, then the alternative may be the extraction of a tooth if it is painful, infected or causing harm to the surround areas.
Your dentist will be able to advise you on what is the best option for you.