Root Canal Treatment And Tooth Pain
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment or RCT is the procedure done to clean the infected tooth and roots. Infection of tooth crown and root may lead to pain. If the tooth is left untreated, infection may travel to adjacent bone and gums. One should hence never ignore tooth cavities.
To understand what is root canal treatment we will first need to understand the tooth structure. Each tooth consists of three layers, enamel, dentine and pulp. Start of cavity occurs at the outer most layer that is the enamel and gradually moves inwards into dentin then pulp. Cavity occurs due to bacteria attacking the tooth structure. As soon as bacterial reach innermost layer of the tooth that is pulp there is emmense pain. Pulp is recieves it’s nerve supply via root canals. So if there is pain, bacteria have most probably reached pulp and root canals. They need to be thoroughly cleaned by root canal treatment (RCT). Infected parts of tooth structure and removed and replaced with dental fillings. After RCT a crown is mandatory to provide strength to the affected tooth.