Dental Root Canal, Dental Surgery in Singapore
Root Canal Therapy
Explanation of Root Canal Treatment
A Healthy Tooth
A tooth consists of a crown and one of more roots. The roots anchor the tooth in the jaw bone.
Within the tooth is the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth.
A Diseased Tooth
In a diseased tooth, the pulp is infected or damaged. The causes are usually tooth decay and sometimes, trauma or gum disease.
This may lead to toothache and sensitivity to hot/cold.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal or endodontic treatment removes the infected or damaged pulp from the diseased tooth. After that the hollow pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, filled and sealed.
What are the benefits of Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise be extracted. Although the pulp has been removed, the tooth is still anchored in the bone and can still be used for biting and chewing.
What are the alternatives to Root Canal Treatment?
Extraction is the only alternative. The extracted tooth will have to be replaced by a denture or a bridge. Otherwise the neighbouring teeth will move into the space, creating problems with eating and clearning. These problems can give rist to gum disease and new cavaties.
How is Root Canal Treatment Done?
Root Canal Treatment can sometimes be completed in one visit but often several visits are needed. Back teeth usually require more time for treatment because they have more canals and are harder to reach.
During root cananl treatment, X-Rays need to be taken at each stage to assess the lenghts and positions of the canals.
A root canal treated tooth maybe be slightly more brittle than a normal tooth but with the proper restoration and care it can last a lifetime. Proper dental care include regular brushing, flossing, proper diet and six-monthly dental checkups.
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