HELPING TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR TEETH WITH ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root Canal Treatment
Who would have thought that toothache is one of the most common causes of ER visits?
What is a root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment can relieve toothache and save your natural smile. Root canal treatment also known scientifically as endodontic treatment is the procedure where the dentist removes the infected or inflamed pulp from the tooth and replaces it with a dental filling.
Why would you need a dental root canal treatment (reason for root canal treatment)?
The endodontic treatment is needed when the tooth pulp becomes infected or inflamed due to the following reasons
- Trauma to the tooth
- Deep decay or cavities
- Faulty crown or bridge
- Tooth fracture
After infecting the pulp the infection can spread to the surrounding bone causing an abscess to form. At this stage if the tooth is left untreated then it might have to be extracted.
What is the procedure for dental root canal treatment (root canal procedures)?
Endodontic treatment can be performed in one or two steps and includes the following steps. After studying the x-rays of the tooth along with the signs and symptoms the dentist comes to a diagnosis of infected or inflamed tooth pulp. Once diagnosed a root canal treatment plan begins. The dentist will then administer a local anesthesia and an opening is made in the crown or top of the tooth. Through the opening the diseased pulp is removed from the pulp chamber and the root canals. The pulp chambers and the root canals are then cleaned and shaped with the help of small hand and machine driven instruments. After the canals are thoroughly cleaned and shaped the root canals are filled with a biocompatible rubber like substance called gutta percha and sealed with the help of a sealer. A temporary filling is placed to close the opening.
Will the tooth need any special additional care after root canal treatment?
A permanent filling is placed after the root canal treatment followed by a placement of a porcelain crown. The tooth becomes very weak and brittle following root canal therapy and thus the restoration with a filling and crown is necessary to provide structural strength and durability and to prevent tooth fracture.
How much is canal treatment cost (root canal cost)?
The cost of root canal treatment depends on the complexity of the problem and which tooth is affected. Most of the dental insurances generally have good coverage for endodontic treatments. Endodontic treatment and restoration of natural teeth are less expensive than alternatives. Getting the teeth extracted and/or replacing the missing space with an implant or a bridge is more costly.
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Does a Root Canal Treatment Procedure Hurt?
Why is root canal treatment necessary?
What are typical symptoms of root canal infection?
How does endodontic treatment save my tooth?
The procedure begins by administering a local anesthetic to relieve pain. This will numb the tooth and surrounding area so that the treatment is no more uncomfortable than a filling. A common misconception is that root canal treatment is a painful experience when in actuality, it’s quite the opposite.
A small opening in the chewing surface of your tooth is created to gain access to the pulp. Very small instruments are used to remove dead and dying tissue and clean the pulp from the inside, allowing the root canals to be cleaned and disinfected. The canals are specially “shaped” and prepared so that they can be sealed with biocompatible filling materials. They are coated with an adhesive cement to ensure that they are completely sealed to prevent future infection.
It is becoming increasingly common today for root canal specialists to use microscopes for these intricate and detailed procedures to make the cleaning and shaping process more precise and efficient.
What can I expect following the procedure?
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel tender or sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. Most discomfort can be relieved by over-the-counter (OTC) medication like aspirin or ibuprofen. If you have discomfort or pain that lasts more than a few days or if there are other increasing symptoms, call your dentist. Prescription medications including antibiotics may be indicated.
You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have seen your dentist, particularly if part of the tooth has been lost to decay, a large filling or trauma. A crown or other restoration is usually needed to further protect and restore the tooth to full function and is extremely important in ensuring long-term success. Contact your dentist as soon as possible to arrange for any necessary treatment.