If a tooth becomes diseased
or painful, the pulp system is either in an inflamed state or infected
by bacteria. Likely causes may be; extensive CARIES, TRAUMA, severe
PERIODONTAL disease, extensive or large RESTORATION work. This often
leads to the death of the pulp tissue, which may or may not be noticed
by the patient in the form of pain. A pulp may die straight away
after trauma or treatment, or may take days, weeks or years to die.
Even after the pulp has been removed or has died, a tooth may still
be painful due to nerves being affected in the surrounding tissues.
The diseases in the pulp, depends on the severity of the diseases,
may or may not involved its surrounding structures.
consist of treating the diseased pulp by removing the source of
the disease and occasionally in combination with topical medication
to restored the pulp back to healthy state. This will be follow
by restoration to restore the function of the tooth. In cases where
the pulp has been affected to an irreversible situation, root canal
treatment will be the choice of treatment. The treatment aims at
removing all the source of irritation in the root canal and follow
by filling of the root canal and coronal restoration to prevent
future contamination. The treatment will render the tooth biologically
compatible with its surrounding structure so that it can function
as per normal.
You cannot provide any homecare, which will
treat root canals, but you should follow the instructions of your
dentist carefully during treatment if it is to be successful. This
may include the taking of medication, the way you eat and clean
your mouth, and the times and frequency of appointments.