A root canal procedure is a dental treatment that may be given to a tooth that can no longer be restored by a dental filling and is in danger of being lost through a tooth extraction.
When a tooth becomes infected by dental caries, tooth structure is lost as the decay continues to eat away the tooth, and it goes deeper and deeper into the tissues, it can infect the pulp.
A root canal can resolve this issue and relieve the patient of any pain symptom without risking tooth loss. During a root canal treatment, the pulp is removed by use of a series of files and it is replaced with a biocompatible material. By doing so, you kill the tooth because you sever its blood supply, but you also relieve it of any pain symptom by removing its nerve connection.
Unfortunately though, when the pulp is removed, the tooth is made brittle and weak. The pulp tissue which is the tooth’s blood supply and nerve supply is removed, so it is no longer vital. As a result, not only will it begin to discolour, but due to the loss of vitality, the tooth will become weak. It is no longer receiving proper nourishment so it remains in the mouth only to serve its function but it is lifeless.
Reinforcing the Root Canal Treated Tooth
With all that on the table, is it really worth it to undergo a root canal treatment? Why should you endure all that when you are putting your tooth at risk of fracturing?
The loss of a tooth is not going to be worth it. Would you really rather say goodbye to a tooth can still be functional in your mouth? A root canal treatment will relieve you of an excruciating pain symptom and that alone makes the lengthy procedure worth it all. By extirpating the pulp and removing it, you free the tooth of the pressure caused by the infection. By extirpating the pulp and removing it, you are given the opportunity to save the tooth.
Here are some ways to reinforce and strengthen your teeth after a root canal
- When much of the tooth’s crown is lost or if you are in wishing to properly reinforce the tooth’s roots, you can install a post on the tooth. Posts that can either be metal or fiber is inserted into the canal. It may be screwed in or it may be cemented, and it may be used so that a core can be built to restore lost crown structure or it may simply be inserted into the canal to somehow strengthen the tooth.
- Installing a dental crown over a root canal treated tooth will definitely help strengthen it. The crown, which is made of porcelain and often reinforced by a metal core can protect the potentially brittle tooth so that it can endure forces of mastication. The dentist installs a crown right after the root canal treatment, so proper protection can be provided to the tooth.
- Installing a dental bridge over the root canal treated tooth is another way to help strengthen it. The bridgework that may be installed on the tooth is attached to a vital tooth, so that it can rely on it for strength and stability. This is not exactly an ideal practice, but when the necessity is there, know that it is an option.