At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth.
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an absces.
How does it work?
The first step in the procedure is to take an X-ray.
Procedure will be performed under local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth.
Next, an access hole is drilled into the tooth. The pulp along with bacteria, the decayed nerve tissue and related debris is removed from the tooth.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it needs to be sealed. To fill the interior of the tooth, a sealer paste and a rubber compound called gutta percha is placed into the tooth’s root canal.
The final step involves further restoration of the tooth. A crown, build-up and post should be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking and restore it to fully function.