Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment a very commonly heard term nowadays. Most people know it is a dental procedure to ease severe tooth pain. But do you know what a root canal procedure is? The following paragraphs will present in very simple language all that a non-dentist needs to know about root canal treatment, its need, and its effects.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal Treatment is indeed an effort by your dentist to save a badly infected tooth of yours from extraction. In fact, it is the last attempt by your dentist to save your damaged tooth. If root canal treatment (RCT) on an infected tooth cannot save it, no other treatment will save the tooth from extraction. To fully grasp what RCT is and why it is so significant in dental treatment you need to first learn a few facts about the structure of the tooth.
When is a Root Canal Treatment Procedure Becomes Necessary?
Normally, the only reason for infection in the pulp is prolonged neglect of good oral hygiene. Formation of plaque permits ever-present bacteria to act and produce an acidic environment which promotes erosion of the enamel. Such a situation could again be prevented through regular dental visits. But if dental visits are also ignored cavities get formed. This can lead to inflammation or infection. If not treated the cavity will deepen and reach the dental pulp. That is how pulp can get infected. Infection of the pulp generates severe pressure in the pulp chamber and causes unbearable pain. Other possible reasons for infection reaching the pulp chamber is if a tooth should crack or chip and is not treated in time.
When to Seek Help?
If you’re having a severe continuous pain in one of your teeth, which does not subside even after taking pain relieving medication, then it indicates towards an irreversible inflammation of the pulp tissue. If this is happening to you, then you should visit us immediately, as the pain and discomfort will only worsen, unless you seek root canal treatment.
The Root Canal Procedure
At Edge Dental, our primary goal is to save even the most severely damaged from extraction. We do this by performing a root canal treatment procedure.
- Anesthesia– Root canal treatment requires drilling into the tooth. In the first step, we will numb to numb your teeth and the surrounding soft tissues by administering local anesthesia. This is done to make you free of pain. For extremely apprehensive and frightened patients, our dentists may consider performing the procedure under sedation.
- Access Preparation – after ensuring that you are completely relaxed and pain-free, we will gain access inside the tooth by careful drilling. As soon as the drilling is started, it will release the pressure inside the chamber and your discomfort will go away.
- Cleaning- We will use various special instruments to remove the infected pulp from the interior of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, we will thoroughly clean the tooth’s interior with normal saline or a disinfectant solution, followed by thoroughly drying the root canal.
- Obturation – the cleaned and dried root canal is then filled with an inert rubber-like material called gutta percha. This is done to prevent the chances of re-infection. We will then place a temporary filling to restore the tooth during your appointments.
- Permanent Filling – Once complete healing has taken place, we will restore the tooth with a permanent filling material.
After a successful root canal treatment, you should have no further problems with the tooth. However, you need to practice good oral hygiene as you would normally, so you can maintain good oral health. In very rare cases, a tooth may get re-infected. In these cases, a re-treatment procedure may be required.
What Does Root Canal Treatment Do for You?
A root canal treatment is a last resort to repair and save a tooth from extraction. What it additionally means that you are saved from the relatively large sum of money spent on replacing the defective tooth with an implant. And of course, another advantage: you retain your natural tooth rather than carry a foreign object in your mouth.
Taking Care of your Tooth After Root Canal Treatment
Here are a few things you need to remember to take care of a tooth which has undergone a root canal procedure.
- Getting a Crown – after a root canal treatment procedure, teeth tend to become weak and brittle. Therefore, we recommend that you should reinforce these teeth by getting it crowned. A crown will significantly enhance the clinical service life of the tooth.
- Avoid Sticky and Hard Foods – to prolong the life of your restored tooth, you should avoid hard foods which can crack the already embrittled tooth structure. You should also avoid sticky foods as they can dislodge the crown.
- Oral Hygiene Maintenance – it goes without saying that you should maintain optimal oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing. You can also use a mouthwash recommended by our dentists.
- Regular Dental Visits – most importantly, you should visit us regularly for checkups so that we can detect underlying problems with your teeth before they can cause permanent damage.
Remember, there is nothing like your own natural teeth. A root canal treatment procedure can be easily avoided if you take good care of your oral hygiene. At Edge Dental, we believe that prevention is much better than cure. If you can simply ensure good oral hygiene maintenance, then you can easily avoid most of the dental problems without any need for extensive or time-consuming endodontic treatment. Still, if you are having any dental problem, then we are here to take good care of you. Book an appointment with us today to enjoy a beautiful smile and perfect oral health.