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Dealing with toothache: Understanding root canal treatment

March 1, 2013

The mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria, and even though you do your best to keep it clean, there are times when your teeth still get infected, causing you pain. Dentists can relieve you of your toothache in two ways: extract the infected tooth so it’ll no longer bother you or treat the infected tooth’s root canal.


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But what exactly is a root canal treatment?

To properly understand this procedure, you have to learn the basic structure of the tooth. The tooth is made up of two parts: the crown and the root. These two parts are composed of the following:

Enamel — the hard outer coating of the tooth Dentine — makes up most of the tooth

Cementum — the outer coating of the root area



Dental pulp — consists of the soft tissue at the tooth’s center

Bacterial infection of the tooth occurs when bacteria penetrate the enamel and the dentine of the tooth, and infect the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. This infection causes pain. A root canal treatment involves removing the infected dental pulp and replacing it with a rubbery substance called gutta percha or a polycaprolactone resin-based thermoplastic filling material. Root canal treatments are relatively painless if done correctly by a dental expert.


In the US, root canal treatments cost around $800 to $3,000, driving patients to seek more affordable health care from medical travel companies.

Satori World Medical is one of the pioneers of medical travel in the US. Its official website lists the different dental services offered by its global network of International Centers of Excellence.

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