The aim of the root canal treatment is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury.
- The tooth is examined using an x-ray and then numbed.
- A rubber dam sheet is placed to isolate the tooth to keep it dry and clean during the treatment.
- To reach the nerve an opening is made in the tooth and using special instruments called files the inflamed and infected tissue is taken out. Each root canal is enlarged and shaped.
- Anti inflammatory and anti bacterial medicines are put inside the root canal to stop infection and inflammation.
- To protect the inside of the tooth and prevent further infection the root canals re filled and the pulp chamber is sealed.
- A crown is placed to support the tooth as the tooth is weakened.
Possible complications: Reinfection, discoloration, file fracture, non-healing, retreatment
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