Root canal treatment is one of the most well-known dental procedures mainly because they have gained a reputation of being painful. They are performed when the nerves and vessels of the teeth get infected due to dental decay.
How does a teeth get infected?
Your teeth has root canals which contains blood vessels and nerves nourishing the teeth. When dental decay is caused due to unhealthy oral hygiene and left untreated, it can progress to infect these blood vessels and nerves causing them to die. Sometimes, this root canal gets filled with pus that causes a lot of pain and makes a visit to the dentist mandatory.
Is the treatment really painful?
With modern anaesthesia, painless root canals aren’t a myth any more.
How is a root canal performed?
The procedure usually takes a long time. The dentist will first prescribe you some antibiotics to reduce the pain and infection. After a break of 3-4 days, he/she will then clean up your roots using instruments usually with local anaesthesia. Sometimes, the dentist may directly start with cleaning up your roots. Once this is done, the dentist will then place some sealant material to prevent the tooth from getting reinfected. After this, the tooth is rebuilt using dental material like composite and a cap is placed over the repaired teeth.
It is important that you treat cavities early, to avoid root canal treatments. In case a root canal has to be performed the earlier it is done, the better it is.