A root canal involves taking out the nerve of a tooth, cleaning and shaping the canal space and then filling it up to prevent bacteria from getting back into the root system.
When a nerve dies in a tooth it is often referred to as ‘non-vital’.
The purpose of this is to allow a tooth, without a living nerve, to remain in the mouth without pain for chewing and for cosmetic reasons.
When a nerve dies in a tooth it is often referred to as ‘non-vital’. Note: though it may be painless for a time- it is still infected and the balance of bacteria could be upset and an abscess (collection of pus) could form at any time.
90-95% for an initial root canal (i.e. the first time it has been attempted) if there is no area visible around the end of the root on the X-ray. The success of a root canal comes down largely to one main point- has the whole root system been sufficiently disinfected, appropriately filled and properly sealed? If the answer is ‘yes’, the root canal is very likely to be successful.