Root canal treatment is a common dental procedure that is often poorly explained by dentists. There is a strong body of opinion that many dentists perform this treatment when it is not absolutely necessary.
What is a root canal?
A root canal is a funnel-shaped canal filled with soft tissue that extends from the surface of a tooth down through the tooth itself and into the root. Both root stems have a root canal. The canal is where the main nerve tissue of the tooth is located.
Why do you need treatment?
Root canal treatment is usually performed when a tooth shows some degree of decay or infection. The procedure is designed to prevent further cavities or the spread of infections that can lead to complete tooth loss. The soft tissue is completely removed from the canals and replaced with artificial cement.
What happens with a root canal treatment?
Because the soft tissue of the canal contains nerve tissue, the procedure requires the administration of an anesthetic. This is normally a local anesthetic that numbs the tooth and surrounding areas. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the dentist will drill into the tooth and remove any infected or decaying tissue. Where the canal tapers into the actual pattern, the dentist will use a handheld device to remove all of the soft tissue.
The space left by the removed tissue is filled with rubbery cement. To make sure there are no air bubbles left in the canal, the dentist will take an X-ray of the treated tooth. If an air pocket is found, the dentist will need to remove the cement and refill the canal. This part of the procedure may need to be repeated several times.
When the dentist is satisfied that there are no air bubbles, the hole is permanently sealed and the remaining cavity on top of the tooth is filled.
Is the treatment painful?
Dentists Root canal treatment for some reason has a bad reputation as an unpleasant treatment. The procedure is only performed under anesthesia and is no different than a filler in the vast majority of cases. In some circumstances, the patient may experience some sensation as the treatment involves the removal of nerve endings and some patients will experience moderate pain for a day or two after the procedure.
Due to the nature of the treatment, getting a root canal can sometimes be quite a lengthy procedure, leaving the patient in the chair longer than usual, and this can add to the discomfort, especially for more nervous patients.
Is there an alternative to treatment?
The vast majority of dentists would argue that there really is no alternative. In cases where the infection is the problem, some dentists believe that trying to treat the infection with antibiotics is preferable. The argument against this approach is that if antibiotic treatment doesn’t work, it may be too late to save the tooth with a root canal. The main reason for doing the procedure is that before there was a new method of administering antibiotics that could lead to a different approach, there was no way to directly attack the infected area.
Many people experience cavities in their permanent teeth. If your tooth is deeply affected, it can become inflamed, infected, or diseased. If left untreated, the infection can spread to surrounding tissues and cause an abscess.
In the past, teeth were routinely extracted, but today dentists can help people keep their natural teeth by performing a root canal. This procedure treats infection and inflammation. During treatment, caries are removed. The inside of the tooth is cleaned and filled, and the outside is sealed and then capped.
When are root canals needed?
Your dentist will evaluate your symptoms to determine whether or not root therapy is necessary. Toothache, discoloration, tenderness, and tenderness are signs that there may be nerve damage.
According to Discovery Health, root canal treatment is tailored to the needs of each patient, but there are basic elements to each procedure. Some people have no pain with infected teeth, but a diseased tooth still needs treatment.
Before root canal treatment
In one visit or a short series of visits, your dentist can diagnose your problem and determine whether or not a root canal is necessary. The first step is an external exam, where your dentist will assess for tenderness or swelling. They then evaluate the inside of the mouth. Your dentist will take X-rays of the affected tooth to help analyze its health. Your dentist will assess the health of the tooth’s pulp.
The first step
After the diagnosis is made, you will be given a local anesthetic. A rubber dam is placed around the tooth. This isolates it from surrounding teeth and keeps the work area clean.
Then your dentist will remove the tooth decay. A small opening is drilled in the back or top of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Channels are measured before cleaning.
After these steps, your dentist will use files to clean and shape the inside of the tooth until all unhealthy tissue is gone. The canal is enlarged so that it can be filled.
Filling and sealing of the tooth.
Once the root canal is hollow, filling and sealing begin. There may be one or more channels to be treated. The filling and sealing are done after measuring and cleaning the tooth. If there was an infection, your dentist may want to remove the infection before filling and then sealing the tooth. The pulp chamber and root canal are filled with a rubber-like material, which becomes hard but flexible at room temperature. It gives the tooth a strong core and keeps it free of bacteria. If more support is needed, a plastic or metal rod can be inserted into the channel.
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