Root Canal Treatment
A tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay, accidental injury or other dental problems may or may not be saved – depending on the severity of the damage, and on the early diagnosis and treatment of the involved tissues. As long as there is still a possibility of saving a damaged tooth, we recommend every possible thing to ensure that it can still be saved – so that you do not end up losing that specific tooth.
When the tooth becomes badly damaged and the pulp or root becomes involved/infected, a more advanced treatment is recommended to save the tooth. An advanced treatment is needed to prevent abscess from forming, and is done to avoid having the infection spread to other parts of the tooth – or to other teeth and oral tissues. In such case, a Root Canal Treatment or RCT with us may be the only way to save your tooth from being extracted when tooth damage is extensive.
During the RCT procedure, the damaged or decayed part of the tooth is cleaned, infected tooth pulp is removed from the affected tooth, the root canals are thoroughly cleaned, disinfected then filled and sealed to prevent the spread of further infection. In some cases, a temporary medicated filling may be used after cleaning the root canals – this is especially true in cases when an infection needs to be cleared first, before the permanent seal can be placed.
The removal of the infected parts of the tooth makes it possible for the damaged tooth to be saved from being extracted and it heals rapidly. A local anesthesia is used during the procedure, to ensure that the area that will be treated stays numb, so that you will not feel pain or discomfort during the root canal procedure.
In rare cases, where complete infection is not healed even by the RCT procedure, a surgical procedure involving the removal of the tip of the root of the tooth, and any infected tissue in the surrounding area is recommended. This procedure is called Apicectomy. It is generally done in cases when the patient experiences a lot of discomfort and pain even after a root canal treatment.