Root Canal Therapy

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is designed to correct disorders of the dental pulp - the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Teeth with abscessed, or infected, nerves were once extracted. But now, in 95% of these cases of pulpal infection, the natural tooth can be saved through modern endodontic procedures. A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain.

Why is root canal therapy necessary?

Without treatment, the infection of the dental pulp will spread to the bone around the tooth, making it unable to hold the tooth in place.

Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:

  • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
  • Severe sensitivity to hot/cold
  • Deep tooth decay
  • Chipped or broken tooth
  • Blow to the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth
  • Cracked tooth (fracture lines)

What does the RCT procedure involve?

Treatment begins with the initial access through the crown of the tooth to the pulpal tissue. Once the affected tissue is exposed, the affected area is removed. The area surrounding and containing the pulpal tissue is carefully cleaned, enlarged, and shaped to provide a clean, bondable surface for filling with a permanent filler (called gutta percha) to prohibit any further infection and discomfort. After the tooth is filled and sealed, the next recommended step is a build-up and crown to protect the tooth. Dr. Ghorab works very closely with various endodontists to ensure that you receive the care that you need. After the root canal therapy is completed your will most likely require a crown and you will need to see Dr. Ghorab within two weeks of your procedure for her to start the crown procedure.