The best way to understand what happens during any type of procedure is to understand it fully. To understand root canals fully, familiarizing with the anatomy of the tooth is key.
Your tooth is covered with a layer of material, the enamel, and beneath it there is a hard layer called dentin. Under the dentin, there is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp is full of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Its main role is to help grow the root of your tooth during the stages of development.
An endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp is either inflamed, or when it is infected. There are a couple of reasons why the pulp is either inflamed or infected; however, the most common of them all is decay. Other causes that can lead to an endodontic treatment are: a crack or chip in the tooth, trauma to a tooth, faulty dental crowns, and repeated dental procedures on a tooth. Sometimes, when a tooth is impacted, tooth damage is produced even when there are no visible signs of cracks or chips. If the inflamed or infected pulp is left without treatment, it can produce pain and could also lead to an abscess.
During the procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp is carefully extracted; the inner part of the tooth is properly cleaned and sealed with a rubber-like material. Usually a crown is placed afterwards to ensure that the tooth is fully restored.
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By: Prisma Dental
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