People often feel uneasy when they hear the term “root canal treatment”, as they associate the procedure with enormous discomfort and pain. The perception of root canal treatment being painful began years ago, before modern technology and anaesthetics. Today, root canal treatment is no more uncomfortable than having a dental filling placed. In fact, patients who have experienced root canal therapy are far more likely to describe the process as ‘painless’ than patients who have not undergone the procedure.
Root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy) is the treatment of the infected pulp chamber on the inside of the tooth. The anatomy of a tooth includes the outer enamel, the hard layer called dentin, and the inner soft pulp that extends from the crown to the root of the tooth. Root canal treatment is required when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp, and the cleaning of the pulp chamber. Once this is completed, the canals (the holes made in the tooth by dental instruments) will be irrigated, filled and sealed with a biocompatible material.
The tooth will then be restored with a permanent crown or with tooth coloured fillings, and will continue to function like a natural tooth.
Because some people have a fear of the dentist, they will delay a root canal treatment. When you require a root canal treatment, it is because there is an infection in the nerve. If the infected nerve is not treated, it will cause moderate to severe pain. It is recommended that you see a dentist once you start to feel pain inside of your tooth, as a dentist will remove the nerve and ensure that the infection does not spread throughout your mouth. Contact us for a dentist in Cape Town.