Root canal treatment is carried out when the pulp of the tooth has mortified or is irreversibly inflamed. The aim of root canal treatment is to preserve the tooth. Tooth fractures can also cause the pulp (blood vessels and nerves) to become inflamed, leading to the need for root canal treatment.
For root canal treatment to be possible, it is important for as much tooth substance as possible to be retained. The most common reason for root canal treatment is caries that cause the tooth to "break open". However, if the caries are so advanced that they have reached bone level, there is no point carry out root canal treatment. If the tooth has already become very loose it makes more sense to remove it.
The section on implantology provides you with information on the options available when a tooth cannot be saved.
As mentioned above, the most common reason for root canal treatment is caries. To avoid root canal treatment, measures are needed to prevent caries. These include
During root canal treatment, a hole is drilled into the tooth, the canals of which contain blood vessels and nerves. The damaged blood vessels and nerves are then removed, the empty canal is disinfected and filled with a filling material. The hole in the tooth is then sealed. As a result, the damaged tooth can remain in the mouth without causing pain.
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