Root Treatment

Root canal treatment is not a treatment, it is a part of the tooth. Also known as the pulp, it is the hollow part of a tooth that contains nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells.

The tooth consists of crown and roots. The crown is essentially above the tooth structure, while the roots are below it. The roots connect the tooth to the jawbone.

Inside the crown and root, or root canal, is the pulp. The pulp nourishes the tooth and provides moisture to the surrounding material. Nerves in the pulp perceive heat and cold as pain.

The name of the dental procedure commonly referred to as “root canal treatment” is actually endodontic treatment, which means “inside the tooth.”

Once the root canal is cleaned, the dentist cleans, shapes, and decontaminates the hollow area using small files and irrigation solutions. The tooth is then filled with a rubber-like material, using an adhesive cement to completely seal the canals.

After root canal treatment, the tooth is dead. Since the nerve tissue is removed and the infection is eliminated, the patient will no longer feel any pain in that tooth.