Root canal treatment involves the removal of infection or painful pulp tissue, cleaning and disinfecting of the pulp chamber and filling up the space with an inert filling to minimise the chance of reinfection. Inside the hard layers of the tooth is the pulp, which is a soft tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.
You may require root canal treatment because of several reasons including:
Small sterile files of varying lengths and widths and disinfectants are used to clean out the debris, bacteria and remaining inflamed tissues out of the canal.
Root canal can take several appointments to complete depending on the number of roots and the time taken to disinfect the tooth. In between appointments, a temporary restoration will be placed over the tooth to cover the opening and to allow patients to use their tooth.
Some teeth are not good candidates for root canal treatment. Examples of this include:
If you’re unsure whether you are able to qualify for a root canal procedure, the dentists at Oak Tree Dental in Ballarat will discuss the benefits and risks of root canal treatment and whether it is relevant to you and your dentition.