Today , In This Blog we will know why Root Canal Treatment is Necessary?
- The Dental Pulp is a soft connective tissue that resides within the center of the tooth.
- Dental pulp is composed of soft connective tissue, blood vessels and numerous free nerve endings.
- The free nerve endings are responsible for transmission of pain and sensitivity.
- In a healthy tooth, the layers of enamel and dentin protect the pulp from infection.
- Any injury to the tooth like Deep Dental Caries, Tooth Fracture or Gum Diseases allows the bacteria to enter the healthy pulp.
- But when Dental Caries, attrition, or trauma to the teeth is left unattended for a long period of time, these protective layers are compromised which results in Inflammation of Dental Pulp, called as PULPITIS.
- The Dental Pulp is surrounded by rigid walls, therefore due to infection, when the pressure of Dental Pulp increases, it contributes to swelling and pain in the tooth or its surrounding region.
- The defence mechanism of the dental pulp shuts down, whenever a healthy pulp is compromised.
If the Pulpal inflammation or infection is not treated at an appropriate time, it may lead to a severe pain and an Abscess (Pus formation at the tip of the root).
So, to treat the inflamed and infected dental pulp we perform the Root Canal Treatment.
What is Root Canal Treatment (RCT)?
A Root Canal Treatment is, when the Endodonist removes the infected Dental Pulp and Free Nerve Endings in the root of the tooth, cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills the space with an obturation material and seals the space.
Afterwards you are provided with a crown on the tooth to protect it and also to restore its original functions.
There are a number of reasons why you may need an RCT:
- First of all saving a natural tooth is a wise choice.
- Deep decay reaching to the pulp.
- Repeated dental procedures on the tooth.
- Faulty old crown.
- A crack or chip in the tooth.
- An Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, you can continue eating the foods you love and it limits the need for ongoing dental work.
With proper care most Root Canal Treated teeth can last for a long time.