A root canal is a procedure to remove the infected nerve tissue, clean the inside of the tooth, and repair any damage to the tooth. Root canals are needed when there is an infection in one or more of your teeth that cannot be treated by other dental procedures.
The dentist will diagnose your condition and decide if you need a root canal treatment. If you do need a root canal treatment, it will be done in two stages: first with anesthesia and then without anesthesia.
When are root canals needed?
Root canals are needed when there is an infection in the tooth. This happens when bacteria enter the tooth and start to spread. The dentist will drill out the infected pulp and then fill it with a material that will not allow bacteria to grow again.
Root canal treatment is a surgical procedure that removes the diseased nerve and pulp tissue inside the tooth.
Root canal therapy can be done in two ways: endodontic therapy or periapical therapy.
Endodontic therapy removes only the infected nerve and pulp tissue from inside the tooth, while periapical therapy also includes removing part of the bone that surrounds it.
Is Root Canals are Dangerous?
Root canals are a common procedure in dentistry. They are needed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or starts to decay. There is a lot of misinformation about root canals and many people believe that they can be dangerous.
- The first myth is that root canal procedures are painful. A root canal does not have to be painful because it is performed under local anesthesia and the patient will feel no pain, but some people may experience discomfort from having their teeth drilled and cleaned.
- The second myth is that you need to have a tooth pulled after a root canal procedure. It is true that some teeth may need to be removed because they cannot be saved but this should only happen if there is not enough healthy tooth left on the tooth to keep it in place.
How long does a tooth last after a root canal?
A tooth can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years after a root canal. The reason for this is that the tooth’s pulp tissue, which is responsible for the tooth’s sensitivity, has been removed during the procedure.
The final decision on how long a tooth lasts after a root canal depends on the type of treatment that was done and how well it was done.