The living part of the tooth is called the dental pulp. This consists of many nerve endings and blood vessels. These nerve endings and blood vessels can be damaged due to several factors. For example:
Root canal treatment consists of 3 main stages;
It is ideal to leave 3-4 weeks (at times longer) between each stage with a dressing placed within the tooth.
We would normally recommend a dental crown or onlay after endodontic treatment to strengthen and support the remaining tooth. This is due to the fact that a tooth that is dead is likely to split rather than bend when under the force of chewing. ( A bit like a dead tree with snap in the wind whilst a tree that is alive will bend)
Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthesia and should alway be a comfortable experience. Although it is a long procedure, like any other, we make sure it is as comfortable as possible.
An alternative to root canal treatment in a tooth that is infected is to have an extraction or to have no treatment on the tooth. Leaving an infected tooth untreated is not ideal because it can cause a more severe infection in the jaw bone surrounding the tooth causing an abscess. In some cases it may be appropriate for a specialist to carry out the root canal treatment.
At Wanneroo Dental Centre we always aim to give you all the options for treatment.