Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal treatment is a dental procedure that deals with infected teeth on the inside of the tooth structure. This procedure is also known as ‘endodontic treatment’. Root canal treatment is often performed by dentists and endotontists on teeth that are severely infected or inflamed to save the actual tooth.
In the case of a tooth that may have a cavity of is chipped, other treatments may be applied like fillings and veneers, however, if the tooth is such a condition where those measures are not enough to treat the problem, root canal may be used to save the tooth.
Often, a root canal treatment is triggered by the patient complaining from severe toothache. The pain can be debilitating and often worsens when lying down. This is a sign that the tooth may be infected.
Why is Root Canal treatment necessary in some cases..?
A tooth is a living structure like any other body tissue. When a tooth is infected or traumatised, the nerves within the tooth structure can become irritated and extremely sensitive to cold or hot and feel even worse at night. In some cases, the nerve reacts to the trauma by dying. In this case, the tooth no longer reacts to varying temperatures as the it contains a dead and dysfunctional nerve. The dead nerve causes an infection within the tooth which then causes severe pain. In this case, the patient would have limited options to either have root canal procedure performed or to have the infected tooth extracted.
Our dentists will be able to present your options with you and explain all procedures. Often, deciding on whether to have root canal performed or a tooth extracted depends on the position of the infected tooth, it’s function, affordability..etc.
What is involved in Root Canal Treatment..?
Root Canal treatment involves cleaning and disinfecting the tooth in the root canal area. The procedure does not treat or save the dead nerves in the tooth, but it saves the tooth structure itself.
After this process, the root canal area is filled with material that seals the tooth and prevent further infections.
The Root Canal Treatment.
Generally, root canal treatment is completed within two to three visits to the dentist. Each visit can take between 30 minutes to one hours. Our dentists and endodontists numb the affected tooth first. The tooth is then covered with a rubber dam to prevent disinfectant material from entering the mouth. The dentists then cleans , disinfects and shapes the root canal. Once that step is completed, the root canal is filled with sealing material.
Results from Root Canal Treatment.
Root canal treatment generally have good success rates in saving the affected tooth. As part of our practice, our dentists will inform you in advance of their opinion as to whether the root canal treatment will save the affected tooth. If our dentists believe that the treatment will not be successful in saving the tooth, he or she will recommend other treatment procedures.
The success of root canal treatments relies on the skill, experience and quality of work performed by the dentist or endodontist. Our dentists have that experience and skills and have more than adequate knowledge and practice in the area of endodontics and dealing with infected teeth with root canal treatments.
After the root canal treatment, and to achieve optimal functionality of the tooth, restoration work will be carried out. This can be cosmetic and restorative dental work including the placement of a crown over the affected tooth.
Can I postpone root canal treatment..?
Our dentists strongly advise that once the treatment is recommended, patients should proceed with the treatment immediately. The sooner the root canal procedure is performed, the sooner the infection dealt with and the tooth sealed. This increases the chances of saving the tooth. Delaying a required root canal treatment can result in loss of the tooth due to the extensive damage the infection causes to the tooth structure.
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If you experience sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in a tooth, pain when biting or chewing, facial swelling, gum swelling or feel or see puss oozing around the tooth, it is strongly recommended that you contact us immediately to examine the affected tooth or teeth and carry out a full diagnosis as to whether your tooth is infected due to a dead or irritated nerve in the root canal area of the tooth. Our dentists are skilled dental care practioners who have experience in dealing with tooth infections with root canal treatment. In the majority of caes, we are able to save the affected tooth with proper root canal treatment. Blue Spa dentists are courteous gentle professionals who work with you to provide effective dental treatments and achieve your goals.