When is a root canal treatment necessary?
Inside the tooth is the pulp, which is consists of blood vessels and nerves. When a tooth fractures or a deep caries makes its way to the inner tooth, bacteria may access through this entry into the dental pulp. But the root canal can also be infected through deep gingival pockets.
This can lead to painful inflammation. Degradation products of the decaying dental pulp (known as toxins) cause a defensive reaction of the body around the root tip. This inflammation of the tooth root may exist painless and unnoticed for a certain period of time (chronic phase). But the focus of inflammation may proceed into an acute state at any time, which occurs as signs of discomfort while biting or a purulent abscess with swelling around the root tip.
What can help?
The only way to preserve the tooth and get rid of possible pain, is a root canal treatment, also called endodontic treatment.
The root canal treatment will clean the complex root canal system freom all bacteria and their debris. The use of additional disinfecting rinse solutions for flushing out organic remains in the root canal ensures maximum cleaning. By using electrometric measuring the root canal length can be measured pretty well to ensure a proper root canal filling.