For a person who feels tooth pain or discomfort, a root canal problem may be the cause.
What Is The Root Canal?
At the centre of a tooth is a hollow area that houses soft tissue, known as the pulp or nerve. This hollow area contains a relatively wide space called the pulp chamber. This chamber is connected to the tip of the root via narrow canal(s); hence, the term “root canal”. Human teeth normally have one to four canals, with teeth toward the back of the mouth having more. These canals run through the centre of the roots like pencil lead through the length of a pencil.
Providing A Specialist Root Canal Treatment
With the use of our operating microscope which allows us to see minute details and fine structures, along with our Cone Beam CT scanner which provides 3D images, we can improve the quality of the examination, diagnosis and treatment.
If you have pain when biting or chewing, swelling of the gum near the affected tooth you may have a root canal issue.
More About The Root Canal
The smaller branches, referred to as accessory canals, are most frequently found near the root end (apex) but may be encountered anywhere along the root length. There may be one or two main canals within each root. Some teeth have more variable internal anatomy than others. This space is filled with a highly vascularised, loose connective tissue, the dental pulp.
The dental pulp is the tissue of which the dentine portion of the tooth is composed. The formation of secondary teeth (adult teeth) is completed by 1-2 years after eruption into the mouth. Once the tooth has reached its final size and shape, the dental pulp’s original function ceases for all practical purposes. It takes on a secondary role as a sensory organ. The pulp receives nutrition through the blood vessels and nerves carry signals back to the brain to warn of adverse events and circumstances
Root canal is also a colloquial term for a dental operation, endodontic therapy wherein the pulp is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled.