Root canal treatment

What is a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment

A root canal treatment is a conservative dental procedure. This means that its aim is to preserve the tooth and to restore it to full health.

During the procedure, the dentist removes any and all material from the tooth chamber (blood vessels, nerves, soft tissues), and the hollowed out tooth is filled up with a special filling material.

When should I get a root canal treatment?

  • If the tissues on the inside of the tooth (nerves, blood vessels, etc) are inflamed or completely dead
  • If you have some serious tooth decay or have a broken tooth, if the tooth chamber housing the tooth pulp is opened, or becomes visible
  • If we are preparing the tooth for a crown or bridge, and the tooth in question is at heightened risk of becoming infected later on


  1. The dentist opens the tooth from the crown
  2. The contents of the tooth chamber are removed, the root canal is enlarged, shaped and then dried out
  3. The dentist applies a medicated root filling to the tooth in question
  4. The medicated root filling is in the tooth root until the inflammation goes down. This may take several appointments
  5. After there is no infection, the roots are filled with a special root filling material
  6. The dentist now goes on to deal with the visible portion of the tooth. Sometimes a filling, or even an onlay or inlay is enough to restore the tooth to its aesthetic and functional apex, but sometimes a crown is needed to finish the job

Why is there no guarantee for this treatment?

It is important to note that the success of the treatment depends on the patient just as much -and in some cases, even more so- than on the dentist. The fight against bacteria is dictated by the patient, or to be more accurate, by the patient’s immune system as much as by the dentist. The inflammation can be cured for the teeth by our dentist, but the patients system has to do the rest, and while prescribing antibiotics usually is enough to cure the body of the infection, it is not always the case, and the infection can remain. While our doctors do everything in their power to stop the infection, the patient’s immune system also has to do at least half the work, and because of it, we cannot assume a guarantee.

What to do if the pain does not go away?

If the pain persists, you should return to the dental practice where you got the initial treatment as soon as possible, because whatever problems you may have, they can solve them there. Until the tooth is completely restored, the treatment is considered to be on going, and it may take several appointments, if the infection is deep, to completely restore the tooth. This is why pain and inflammation, swelling is considered to be a part of the root canal treatment process.

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