Before going into root canal treatment, or in other words, endodontic treatment, we find it useful to explain exactly what root canal treatment and endodontology are.
Root canal treatment is the general name of the methods used to treat a dead, dying or inflamed dental pulp (popularly known as ‘nerve’). Its main purpose is to restore the problem area to its former form and make it functional again. Endodontology or endodontics is the art and science of root canal treatment. Endodontics, as a major, is taught at undergraduate and graduate levels in many universities. Endodontic treatment is required when a dental pulp becomes inflamed or necrotic due to a blow to the mouth or tooth, deep tooth decay, reaction to a very deep filling, crack or split in the tooth. Because the presence of a necrotic or dead nerve leads to the formation of an abscess. Endodontic problems often occur in an acute phase with pain and swelling; however, in many cases the patient is asymptomatic and the presence of an endodontic problem is clearly diagnosed through a routine x-ray or radiological imaging.
Endodontic treatment is performed once or twice, and a small hole is made in the upper part of the tooth by the endodontist or dentist and dead or dying pulp is removed with a series of fine files. After the channels are allowed to fill, they are soaked with a strong antibacterial solution to inactivate all bacteria. Following this antibacterial irrigation, the root canals are dried with small, sterile paper cones and then filled with a soft rubber-like material called Gutta Percha. The final step in the management of a root-filled tooth is the placement of a permanent restoration. In some cases this may be a simple filling, but more commonly a crown or complex restoration is required.
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