Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. This treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for extractions.
The term “root canal” comes from the need to clean the canals inside a tooth’s root. Decades ago, these treatments often were painful, but with dental advances and local anaesthetics, most people have little if any pain with a root canal. In fact, it’s probably more painful living with a decayed tooth.
In fact I find that more patients fall asleep on me with this procedure than any other … Dr Strauch
At the centre of your tooth there is a collection of tissue called the dental pulp. The pulp can become inflamed or infected. This can have different causes such as trauma of the tooth, decay, cracks or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of a problem can be identified as visible swelling of the gum close to the tooth (dental abscess), sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
The treatment involves removing the injured pulp and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and sealed.
A root canal therapy is often followed by a crown, as the tooth may be weak.
Further information can be found on The Colgate Site where the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine have produced a simple description of Root Canal Treatment
This is a treatment that varies considerably between teeth as some teeth have only one canal, whereas others may have up to four. It also requires a great deal of skill & vision. Dr Strauch has been doing these for over thirty years and always uses magnification to aid in both the diagnosis and performance of this procedure.
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