From a filling to an extraction, the management of a sore tooth can take many forms. One method of managing a toothache is a root canal treatment.
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure which involves three different stages. Depending on the complexity of the procedure, these may all be completed in one appointment.
The first stage involves the removal of the nerve, blood vessels, and bacteria inside the tooth.
In the second stage, the root canal space is shaped using special instruments in preparation for the third stage.
The last stage of a root canal involves the filling of the root canal space with a rubber-like material to prevent bacteria from invading and growing inside the now clean root canal space.
In the process of completing the root canal, your dentist may need to drill deep into the tooth to reach the canals and to remove any decay in the tooth. This drilling (while necessary) has the potential of making the tooth weaker. A crown on the root treated tooth is usually recommended.