Root canal treatment (also called ‘endodontics’) is necessary when the blood or nerve root (called ‘pulp’) of the tooth is infected through decay or injury. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases, your tooth may darken, which may mean that the tooth’s nerve is dead (or dying). Root canal treatment is required for this.
Why is root canal treatment necessary?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection can spread to the root canal system of the tooth. This can eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area where pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain, and the tooth may be tender when you bite it. If root canal treatment is not performed, the infection spreads and the tooth may need to be extracted.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
No. Usually, local anesthesia is used and it is no different from a normal filling. There may be some tenderness afterward, but this should gradually decrease over time.
What does it contain?
The goal of treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent further infection.
Root canal treatment is a skillful and time-consuming procedure. Most treatments will involve two or more visits to your dentist.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed and the abscesses can be drained. Then the canal is cleaned and made ready for filling. A temporary filling is made and the tooth is left to heal.
The tooth is checked at a later visit and the tooth is permanently filled when all the infection is cleared.
What will my tooth look like after the treatment?
In the past, a root-filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this often does not happen. If there is any discoloration, there are several treatments that will restore the natural appearance.
What if it happens again?
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. But sometimes the treatment can be repeated if the infection comes back.
What if I don’t get treatment?
The alternative is to remove the tooth. When the pulp is destroyed, it cannot heal and it is not recommended to leave the infected tooth in the mouth.
Although some people prefer to have a tooth extracted, it is generally best to keep as many natural teeth in the mouth as possible.
Who does root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure that your dentist will be happy to do for you. However, sometimes your dentist may refer you to an endodontist who specializes in such treatments.
How do I take care of my teeth afterwards?
Rooted teeth should be treated like other teeth. Don’t forget to clean your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least once a day or at night. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks and only consume them at mealtimes if possible. See your dentist as often as recommended for regular checkups.
You can learn all the necessary details from our dentists at Dent Art Port Bodrum Dental Clinic.