Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment
Nobody wants to hear the words “you need root canal treatment”. But we can assure you that you don't have to be afraid! Root canal treatment is usually a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. Best of all, it can save your tooth and is a much better option than losing your tooth.
When do I need root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is required if the pulp in your tooth is infected by caries or damaged by an injury to the mouth. This infection can spread through the root canal system, which can eventually lead to an abscess that causes major discomfort. If the root canal treatment is not performed, the tooth may need to be removed.
If you have any of the following symptoms, it could be a dental infection:• Inflamed and swollen gums
• Toothache while eating or drinking
• Swelling of the face
However, sometimes there are no symptoms.
Many years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed.
Today, root canal treatment has given dentists a safe method of tooth preservation.
How does a root canal treatment work?After a thorough x-ray consultation and evaluation, root canal treatment can begin, which often involves one to three visits.
1: First, an opening is made through the tooth crown after local anesthesia.
2: An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
3: The pulp is removed and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and brought into a shape that can be filled.
4: Medications can be placed in the pulp chamber and in the root canal to get rid of germs and prevent infections.
5: A temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between visits to the dentist. Your dentist can also leave the tooth open for a few days. You could also get medication to fight infections that may have spread beyond your tooth.
6: The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and the root canal are cleaned and filled.
7: The crown of the tooth is then restored.
8: In the last step, a porcelain crown, an inlay or a filling is usually placed over the tooth.
How long does the restored tooth last?
Your restored tooth could last a long time if you continue to take care of your teeth and gums. However, regular examinations are necessary. As long as the root of a treated tooth is supplied by the surrounding tissues, your tooth remains healthy.