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ROOT CANAL TREATMENT 

Root canal treatment is the name given to all types of procedures carried out to treat the badly damaged or infected area inside the tooth - the vessel-nerve package. The connective tissue that nourishes the tooth is made up of blood vessels and nerves. In the process of root canal treatment involves the measurement of the root size via x-ray, the removal of the pump accordingly, followed by the re-shaping of the canals, ensuring disinfection by cleansing the canals and making sure micro-organisms are sustained in the canal by filling in the hole without leaving any air pockets inside. Keeping the tooth in place with the help of root canal treatment ensures it will continue to assist in the chewing process as well as making sure that the bone in that particular area is still working and therefore preventing any form of jawbone erosion. 

HOW DOES THE PULP TISSUE GET INFECTED AND HOW IS IT TREATED?

Deep dents in teeth that are not treated or harsh physical impact on teeth can cause the pulp tissue to become infected. When infected, not only will the patient experience acute pain but the pulp tissue may also lose its livelihood. In instances such as these a “root canal treatment” is applied. This treatment aims to first rid the pulp tissue of infection, then fill the hole in the tooth with a tissue-friendly material. Treated teeth are able to continue their normal function after it is finally coated with a filling.

DO TEETH WITH ROOT CANAL TREATMENT CHANGE COLOUR?

Harsh physical impact or root canal treatment may cause teeth to become a brown, pink or grey color. If the cause of the color change is a physical impact, root canal treatment is first applied, followed by a whitening procedure. If the color change is caused by root canal treatment, x-ray images are examined first. If there are no problems determined regarding the root canal treatment, it is renewed and a whitening procedure is applied.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

Due to infection build up in the pulp tissue, intense pain can be experienced, as well as the formation of lesions - and this may result in losing the tooth completely. Root canal treatment ensures the infected teeth are kept and continue to carry out their functional and aesthetic duty for years to follow.

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