Root Canal Treatment
“Root Canal Treatment is a procedure that removes infected dental pulp in tooth for pain relief.”
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Dental Pulp – Magic Within the Tooth
Understanding the root canal treatment or endodontic treatment requires a first understanding of tooth anatomy. The visible part of the tooth is known as the crown, while the area the bone and gum covers is known as the root.
The crown of the tooth is composed of a thicker dentine layer and hard white enamel layer. The innermost soft issues are protected by these hard layers known as the pulp. There are nerves and blood vessels in the dental pulp with an extension of the crown to the top of the root(s).
Benefit of Root Canal Treatments
With root canal treatment, the teeth is saved from been removed.
After the treatment of the root canal, there would be no pulp in the tooth – no crucial tissues within the teeth. Nevertheless, some vital tissues may be found around the root (for instance, the supporting bone, gum, and periodontal membrane).
A tooth that did undergo this treatment can function well and typical oral hygiene and routine dental care can be helpful in maintaining it.
When Should a Root Canal Treatment be done?
In root canal treatment, pulp tissues are removed from the tooth if it is either inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can be as a result of a large restoration or deep decay with an involvement of the pulp; or because of trauma leading to fractured tooth; dentine exposure of the pulp and excessive enamel and in some cases due to disease of the server gum.
Some symptoms of the pump may include prolonged sensitivity, pain, tooth discoloration, the overlying gums become tender, swelling or even bad tastes. However, symptoms may not even show up. If infection or pulp inflammation is not treated on time, it may affect the bone.
How is a Root Canal Treatment Done?
- Inflamed or infected pulp is removed first to save the tooth. The crown of the tooth is opened, under local anesthetic, to access the inflamed or infected pulp.
- With the use of little, specially designed rotary or hard files, it is easier to clean the root canal and it is shaped in order to be sealed. An anti-bacterial solution is then used to flush any debris in the canals.
- The canals are then sealed or filled with inert substances known as gutta-percha. At this time, the tooth is restored to function in full shape by using a crown or permanent filing, which depends on the amount of tooth left. This has to be performed as quickly as possible to reduce to tooth fracture risk as a result of biting forces
Understanding Root Canal Treatments – With Dr. Li Kexin
To perform a root canal treatment, the tooth has to be isolated with a rubber dam to ensure saliva free and clean environment is secured. It is possible to perform root canal treatment in just one visit or more visits depending on how complex the condition of the tooth is. For every treatment appointment, medicaments may be positioned in the canal and a temporary filing is used to cover the tooth.
In most cases, X-ray is performed to ascertain the root length and also to monitor the different stages of treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Commonly asked questions our dentists get about Root Canal Treatments.
What Is the Cause of Inflamed or Infected Pulp in the Tooth?
The most common cause of inflammed or infected pulp is dental decay. Deep decay can cause bacteria to enter the pulp which results in pain from the tooth. Other causes include trauma, cracked tooth or less commonly faulty treatments. If an inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can result in pain and the formation of an abscess.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?
Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling or a clean. In fact, root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain but actually relieves it. Advances have made the treatment a virtually pain-free experience through the use of local anaesthesia.
After treatment is complete, the tooth can be tender or sensitive for some days because of inflammation around the tissue. With painkillers or mild analgesic, the discomfort can subside.
However, if you notice the pain lingers or even becomes worse (excruciating and swelling occurs), visit your dentist immediately.
If the Tooth isn't Bothering Me, Why Do I Need A Root Canal Treatment?
Some patients may experience tooth pain initially and then it goes away on its own or with the help of antibiotics. Just because it has stopped hurting doesn’t mean it is no longer infected. When infection is present there is always a risk of pain and other problems in the future. Root canal treatment is designed to disinfect the inside of the tooth and stop the spread of infection from its source.
What Are The Advantages of Saving My Natural Teeth?
Nature has designed us the best set of teeth suited for our function. The natural teeth are strong and blends in naturally with the way we bite. When we lose a tooth and not replace it, the other teeth will move into its space and cause problems for our bite.
Replacement teeth can imitate the shape and function of the natural teeth, but never as well, and they often require more effort to maintain. This is why a root canal treatment to save our natural teeth is always recommended if possible.
What Happens After the Root Canal Treatment?
Do not bit or chew on the tooth under treatment until it has been permanently restored with a crown or a filing. Otherwise, you may experience fracture or crack of the tooth when excessive pressure is exerted.
Thus, it is extremely essential to get the tooth restored properly quickly. In most cases, many endodontically-treated teeth can survive like natural teeth after permanent restoration.
Maintain good oral hygiene like flossing and brushing always because the root filled teeth are susceptible to decay just like the natural teeth. Always visit your dentist to review the treated tooth as often as possible.
How Long Does A Root Canal Treatment Take To Complete?
The time needed for a root canal treatment depends on the tooth and difficulty of navigation of the roots. It usually takes around 1 -2 visits of about 1-2 hours each.
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