Not every teeth condition could arise due to an external injury (fracture/accident). Some injuries can be internal and could be the cause of a pulp infection. The dental pulp is composed of several blood vessels and connective tissues that are placed inside the pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is situated deep inside the enamel. Such infection can now be treated with the help of a root canal therapy by trained endodontists.
What is Endodontics? Endodontics is the branch of dentistry that is specialized in treating injuries related to the dental pulp.
When do you have to see an endodontist? Endodontic treatment is generally advised when teeth suffer from a severe infection. Dental pulp infection and inflammation mostly occurs if the patient has experienced any of the below:
• Cracked or chipped teeth • Deep cavity or filling • Serious injury to teeth
How can a root canal therapy save your infected teeth? Root canal therapy can prevent further infection of teeth saving its natural form and structure. General steps involved in root canal therapy are:
- Numbing the tooth for comfort A rubber dam material would be placed over the tooth to ensure its dry during the procedure. An opening would be made to reach for the tissues within the pulp chamber.
- Removal of the infection The endodontist would remove the infected pulp and clean out the canal chamber. Each root canal would be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected so that it can receive the filling.
- Application of medicine The endodontist would apply medication inside the pulp chamber and root canal to treat the infection.
- Placing the filling material A temporary filling would be set inside the tooth to prevent infection of the canal.
- Placing the restoration The dentist would remove the temporary filling and restore the tooth with restoration in the form of a crown or a permanent filling. This will help strengthen the natural teeth beneath it.