Friday, July 20, 2012

Root Canal Treatment for Decayed Tooth

Root canal treatment (RCT) is performed by dentists to save and repair the decayed tooth whose nerve is abscessed. It is the best way to retain the original tooth, which is infected badly. Dentists recommends for root canal treatment, when the internal structures of the tooth are damaged. Once the decayed tooth is treated, it functions just as healthy tooth.

The tooth becomes abscessed, when bacteria invade the tooth. It attacks the pulp and makes it infected. Due to deep decay, acrack and trauma to tooth, its nerve and pulp become inflamed, irritated and infected. When infection spread down to root canal, patient my experience severe pain with high sensitivity to cold and hot fluids and foods. Later on, the bone also gets infected and breaks down. In such a condition, ligament that supports the tooth swells and loosen the tooth.

Once the infection spreads and reaches the roots of the teeth, abscess occurs. Infection also develops other complications such as -
  • Swelling that spread to face, neck or head
  • Bone loss around the tip of the root

If you experience the following symptoms, it means your tooth needs the root canal treatment -
  • Severe toothache when you chew or apply pressure on the tooth
  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold or hot foods
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums
  • Affected tooth becomes dark in color

Procedure of root canal treatment (RCT)
During the root canal treatment, dentists first clean the root canal and remove the infected pulp. Once the canals are thoroughly cleaned and infection free, they are filled with the material. Since the treated tooth is weak, cap is cemented on the tooth to protect it.
If the infection has reached the roots, dentists repair the tooth with root canal treatment. ask a doctor for painkillers if you experience any pain after the treatment.


  1. Root canal treatment exactly for the decayed tooth and helps to provide the strength and stability of teeth. This blog is very informative and excellent with proper description. Great job and thanks for share this brilliant post.