Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy has gone high-tech recently, making the procedure as easy as possible for both patients and dentists! Thanks to recent root canal technology, teeth can now be treated without invasive dental . With modern dental instruments and advanced techniques, dentists have more resources than ever to complete successful root canals, and patients can have the procedure done in just one visit -- virtually pain-free!
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. Occasionally after the root canal some painkillers should be taken for a few does in case some pain develops.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Teeth in the back of the mouth that have had root canal should ideally be crowned to avoid future fracture of the tooth. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. It may involve more than one visit or even better referral to a specialist in cases of difficult root canal anatomy or redoing a previous root canal treatment.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. Please be careful not to eat hard food while the temporary filling is in place. It is best you avoid eating on the tooth altogether until all treatment is complete. The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth. An abscres is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth. In addition to an abscess, an infection in the root canal of a tooth can cause:
● Swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head
● Bone loss around the tip of the root
● Drainage problems extending outward from the root. A hole can occur through the side of the tooth with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin.
If you think you need a root canal, consult your dentist. There are a number of steps that occur over a few office visits.
• X-ray – if a dentist suspects you may need a root canal, he will first take X-rays or examine existing X-rays to show where the decay is located.
• Anesthesia – local anesthesia is administered to the affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is no more painful than a filling.
• Pulpectomy – an opening is made and the diseased tooth pulp is removed.
• Filling – the roots that have been opened (to get rid of the disease pulp) are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with cement.
Tips for Care After a ROOT CANAL
A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Root canals have a high success rate. Here are a few ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal:
• Practice good oral hygiene – brush teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.
• Visit the dentist regularly – cleanings and examinations by dentists and hygienists.
• Avoid chewing on hard foods – chewing on hard foods such as ice can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals.