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What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is an advanced treatment that works to save a tooth that has become infected. A cavity that is left untreated, or due to other reasons has reached the pulp is extremely dangerous, as once the pulp has been infected, then the entire tooth is at risk. Prior to root canal treatment, the tooth would have to be removed.


If you are looking for an endodontist in Birmingham, then St Paul’s Square Dental Practice has the facilities and qualifications to carry out the treatment. Root canal treatment is extremely advanced and requires a great deal of experience to carry out.


What is dental pulp?


Dental pulp is the soft tissue within the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. It is essentially the life of the tooth and is how the tooth is supplied with nutrients. The pulp is kept inside what is called a pulp chamber and is protected by the dentine and enamel. Dentine is a softer form of enamel that covers the pulp chamber, and unlike enamel, is sensitive.


How is the pulp chamber breached?


If a cavity is left untreated, and the conditions are kept the same, then it will continue to erode into the tooth. One it has reached the pulp chamber, the bacteria will infect the pulp, and the root of the tooth, causing a great deal of pain, and beginning the destruction of the tooth. The body can also respond by producing abscesses near the root, which will only intensify the pain. Damage to the tooth can also contribute to an infected pulp. If the tooth has been cracked or eroded, then it gives the decay and infection a far easier path to reach the pulp.


Therefore, it is important to have regular check-ups, and if you receive any damage to your teeth, for it to be fixed as soon as possible.


Process of a root canal


A root canal will begin with a consultation, and an assessment of the area to see if the pulp has been infected. If the pulp has been infected, then root canal treatment can go ahead. If you need root canal treatment, and are looking for an endodontist in Birmingham, then we will be able to help you out.


Firstly, the dental pulp is opened by drilling an access cavity, which will be directly in the top of the tooth. Then, using a series of advanced tools, the inside of the tooth is cleaned and shaped with a series of files and drills. This is to make sure that the pulp has been fully removed, as if any infection remains, then the root canal will be a failure. If the tooth has been sealed and infection remains, then the treatment will need to be repeated. Therefore, many practices, once the tooth has been cleaned out, will fill the tooth temporarily, and check later whether the treatment was successful. If you are unsure on root canal treatment, and need an endodontist in Birmingham, then we will be able to aid you.

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