Root Canal Treatment (RCT)
Root canal is a very common dental procedure performed at ZAHN dental and maxillofacial centre.Our Endodontist use advanced technologies and techniques that allows them to complete most root canals in a single visit. With modern equipment and technology, the procedure is quick and accurate.
A root canal is performed when the tooth becomes infected (abscessed) or has excessive pain that will not go away. Sometimes a tooth may be fractured deep within the root and not even a root canal will help the pain. If the tooth is abscessed, the inside root of the tooth is infected.
The infection must be removed and pressure relieved through an opening in the top of the tooth. When the infected and/or painful nerve is removed, an endodontic material is placed in the root space to maintain a pain free sterile environment. It is necessary to strengthen the internal aspects of the tooth with a post/core and typically a crown is necessary to maintain the integrity and strength of the tooth.
Root canal signs and symptoms
A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is performed to save a tooth when the pulp inside the tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Sometimes you will not feel pain and there are no noticeable symptoms that will tell you that you need a root canal. In most cases, a patient notices pain or exhibits another symptom, such as infection, that alerts the dentist that a root canal is necessary.
Severe tooth decay, cracked, chipped or broken teeth, worn or repeat dental work can all weaken enamel and dentin and expose a tooth pulp to bacteria that causes infection. An infection usually provides some warning signs.