Q: How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
A: To understand a root canal procedure, it helps to know about the anatomy of the
tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the
dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels,
nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during
development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp
because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
-Normal biting force and sensation
-Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.