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Root Canal Treatment to Avoid Extraction

By Susan Taylor

A decayed and infected tooth does not necessarily equate to tooth loss, as this tooth can still be saved from extraction with the help of a root canal treatment. This procedure makes it possible for the infected tooth to still be saved so that missing tooth problems can be avoided, and also works on preventing the infection from spreading to the neighbouring teeth and other oral tissue.

The goal of a root canal treatment is to save a damaged and infected tooth from being extracted, which is considered to be the last resort for teeth that have suffered from irreversible damage. The root canal procedure works by removing the tooth pulp parts that have been infected, before cleaning and filling up the tooth root’s canals to prevent the infection from spreading and coming back to the same area. The normal form and function of the treated tooth is restored with the help of a dental crown that covers and protects the damaged (and treated) part.

Root Canal Treatment Steps

  • The infected portions of the tooth pulp are removed, along with any other parts of the tooth that have suffered from irreversible damage.
  • If pus or dental abscess is present, this will need to be completely drained before the root canal treatment can proceed.
  • Antibiotics will be needed if there is infection on the affected tooth.
  • The area of the affected tooth will be numbed using a local anesthetic, which will ensure that the patient will not feel any pain or discomfort during the root canal procedure.
  • A protective dam or layer will be used to isolate the treatment area from the rest of the mouth.
  • Using a dental drill, the dentist will make a hole on the tooth so that the infected pulp areas can be exposed and treated.
  • Decayed and infected tooth pulp portions will be removed.
  • The root canals will be cleaned and then measured to determine the amount of root filling that needs to be used. The root canals will be shaped as part of the preparation for the placement of the root filling material.

If the tooth is infected, temporary root fillings may be used to allow the infection to subside first. If there is no infection, permanent root fillings are placed inside the root canals on the same dental appointment when the infected tooth pulp is removed. The root filling prevents the infection from spreading, and protects the tooth from further infection.

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