Root canal treatment
Teeth and molars consist of a crown and one or more roots. The crown is the part that you can see when you look in the mirror. The roots are not visible, because these are covered by your gums and embedded in your jaw. Every root contains a canal, the root canal. The root canal contains nerve fibres and small veins. If this tissue is or has been inflamed, the dentist will carry out a root canal treatment.
During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the inflamed tissue. This treatment is carried out under local anaesthesia. First, the dentist opens the tooth or or molar and removes the inflamed tissue. Then, he cleanses the canal with small files and rinses it with disinfected rinsing liquid. Eventually, the dentist fills the canals so that the tooth or molar can no longer leak.
A root canal treatment usually takes half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the number of inflamed root canals. In most cases the dentist can finish the treatment in one sitting. In some cases, the patient has to come back more times. Of course we will discuss the treatment plan with you in advance.