Root Canal

The root of p, on a healthy tooth is attached to the jawbone and the root canals that contain so-called pulp. Pulp, which is made ​​up of connective tissue, containing nerves and blood vessels. A root canal means that the dentist open and clean the tooth from bacteria and then fill the root canal.

A root canal is often done when the pulp has become inflamed or infected with the bacteria when you got a hole in a tooth. In the past, it was always like a tooth with a diseased or dead pulp, but today you can with the help of root canal treatment to save most teeth.

The most common causes of pulp can become damaged, inflamed, and death are:

– A deep hole in a tooth
– A tooth damaged by such a blow, either recent or past.

If the pulp is left untreated when it is infected or dead, it may be where the tooth root until the root tips and also an abscess in the jaw bone, which subsequently can be destroyed. Quite often this is followed by pain.

How do you make a root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment is done in several stages and at different times depending on the situation. First, an opening through the back of a front tooth or crown of a molar or molar. The dead pulp is removed and pulparummet and root canal is cleaned and disinfected, slightly enlarged and filled again. If it takes more than one dentist put a temporary filling in the crown opening to protect the tooth until the next treatment.

The temporary filling is removed and the root canal pulparummet and disinfected again. Root canal is then filled with root canal materials, rubber – gutta-percha – secured with cement. Sometimes it is a rod of metal or plastic into the root canal to support.

Finally, is often a crown over the tooth to restore the tooth’s natural shape and appearance. If the tooth is extremely worn it may require a pin to build up the tooth before the crown can be put in place.

How long does a restored tooth?
One treated and restored tooth can with careful maintenance to keep for life. However, there may be holes in treated teeth. Therefore, a good oral hygiene and regular dental visits will help prevent future problems.
Since there is no longer a pulp keeping the tooth alive, a rotbehandlad teeth become brittle and crack easily. It is important to remember this when choosing between making or put a crown on a tooth rotbehandlad.

The best way to assess whether a root canal treatment has been successful is to do an X-ray and compare the new X-ray images previously taken before treatment. The comparison shows including the jaw bone is destroyed or if the formation of new healthy bone around the tooth rotspets.


A deep hole


Cleaned root canals


The tooth root canal