Most of us may remember the old wisdom, “A stitch in time saves nine.” Perhaps this adage applies most aptly to a root canal treatment. When a decaying tooth is left untreated, the infection may finally spread to the inner tooth and infect the tooth’s nerve.
A timely dental intervention with a root canal procedure can arrest the decay from causing further damage. In many cases, the patient will visit a dentist when there is inflammation and severe pain. In such a situation the root canal specialist will endeavor to maintain the tooth root’s health even when the nerve has been infected. A carefully performed root canal procedure can prevent the tissue surrounding the infected root from catching the infection.
The goal of root canal treatment is to remove the bacterial infection and the organic debris that may have arisen due to infected nerve tissue. Disinfecting medication is applied to the innermost aspects of the infected tooth until the last traces of infection have been completely eliminated. This ensures that there is no chance of the infection to recur within the same structure.
The second stage of the root canal procedure must be performed with equal skill and care. This involves filling and sealing the inner core of the tooth. The sealing process ensures that no new bacterial infection can enter the inner tooth area. Furthermore, it ensures that if any organic debris has been left inside the inner tooth, it gets confined to that area, and does not leak out to cause inflammation.
After the root canal procedure has been performed successfully, the dentist will perform other restorative procedures. This ensures that the tooth structure receives sufficient protection and support. In most cases, a crown will be used to strengthen the tooth and restore the normal functioning of the tooth structure.