'Root canal' is the term that refers to the natural cavity or space within the centre of the tooth. It is made up of the pulp chamber which provides nutrients and nerves to each tooth and the 'canals' that connect to each other or to the surface of the root of the tooth.
When a tooth has caries that involve a large portion of tooth and has involved the pulp chamber then a root canal treatment is advised.
A root canal is a procedure done to treat and save a tooth that is damaged, infected or badly decayed.
The treatment involves (1) removal of the nerves and pulp and (2) cleaning and sealing the infected area inside the tooth.
Teeth can become damaged and infected due to severe decay, repeated dental procedures, cracks in the tooth or trauma to the face. Constant pain, swelling and tenderness of the gums, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold and discoloration of the tooth are signs that one may need a root canal. A visit to the dentist will best determine the ways to deal with each particular case.
Orthodontic Masters (formerly known as OM Orthodontic & Dental Implant Centre) was established in 2007 by Dr Akhil Agarwal with a vision to give quality dental treatment services to the people of Lucknow and surrounding areas. Dr. Agarwal specializes in Orthodontics or braces treatment for the young as well as adult patients. He is a certified Lingual Orthodontist (Invisible/ No Show Braces). Read More