What exactly is a root canal treatment?

Naples root canal treatments from Cosmic Smiles for Kids and Adult DentistryAfter a visit to Cosmic Smiles for Kids and Adult Dentistry you may be told that you need root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment). If that is the case, you are not alone. each year millions of teeth are treated and saved by root canal, or endodontic treatment. Root canal treatments don’t cause pain, they relieve it.

Under the white enamel and the dentin, there is a soft tissue called the pulp. The tooth’s pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. The tooth’s pulp helps grow the root of the tooth during development. Fully developed teeth can survive without the pulp due to nourishment from the tissues surrounding it.

Modern root canal treatment is similar to having a routine filling and depending on the tooth’s condition is typically completed in one or two appointments. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.

 

Saving your natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Better biting force and sensation
  • Improved appearance
  • Protection for other teeth

A diagram of a root canal in Marco Island at Cosmic SmilesRoot Canal Safety

Concerned about the safety of root canal treatment? Millions of endodontic treatments are safely and effectively performed every year.

How does endodontic canal treatment save the tooth?

Root canal treatment is needed when the pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. Trauma to a tooth can also cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible damage. If tooth pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

During treatment, the pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully disinfected then it is filled and sealed. After, the tooth is fitted with a dental crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth functions like other natural teeth.

Root canal treatment can help you maintain your smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits ongoing dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.