Root Canal Treatment

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is a treatment for dying or inflamed teeth. Root canal treatment is the general name for the treatment methods of dead, dying or inflamed teeth. The purpose of root canal treatment is to restore problematic teeth to their original shape. Endodontology or endodontics means the science of root treatment. It is taught at the undergraduate and graduate level in many universities.

Dental pulp (known as the oral nerve), blow in the mouth or tooth, deep tooth decay, tooth cracks and fractures may require root canal treatment. Abscesses may occur if treatment is not carried out in a timely manner. Endodontic problems often present as pain and swelling, and their treatment requires routine imaging. After the X-ray examination, the problem and its cause are clearly seen.

Potential risks: Root canal treatment is the last option before tooth extraction. Despite the high success rate, it cannot be guaranteed that every case will be successful. Inadequate individual oral care, interruption of patient care; This may result in prolongation of treatment, persistence of discomfort, and reduced success. In some cases, root canal treatment, surgery or removal, and a placeholder may be required of the treated tooth. The sensitive instruments used during the treatment may break inside the tooth and negatively affect the success of the treatment. While searching for tooth canals, damage to the body and root of the tooth may occur. Sometimes there may be pain and tenderness that can last for a few days after the procedures. A decrease in mouth opening and infection may occur between sessions. X-rays may be taken at certain stages of treatment. If you are pregnant, you should inform your doctor during the X-ray. If necessary, medications such as painkillers and antibiotics can be prescribed. Disinfectant can be used during treatment.

How root treatment is made?

Root canal treatment is done once or twice by an endodontist or dentist. In endodontic treatment, a small hole is first made in the upper part of the tooth. The dead or dying part is removed by the necessary materials. After the channels are allowed to fill, the solution is squeezed out and the mouth moistened to neutralize any possible bacteria. After the antibacterial solution, the root canals are dried with small and sterile paper cones.

The drying areas are then filled with soft and rubbery materials. Finally, a permanent filling is made to the tooth. Restorative filling may be a simple filling in some cases and a deeper filling in others. After the treatment, you may feel slight pain and sensitivity in your teeth. However, these complaints are usually temporary. In such cases, the best solution is to not use the root canal treated teeth for a few days. After a short time, you can see that the sensitivity in the teeth disappears.

A root canal-treated tooth can serve for years just like an untreated tooth. If left untreated, root canal teeth can rot or break.

Dental care after root canal treatment is very important to prevent infection of the treated tooth. Therefore, special attention should be paid to dental care after treatment. The main points recommended in dentistry are listed below:

  • Brush at least twice a day and use toothpaste.
  • Use a mild antiseptic mouthwash for the first few days after root canal treatment.
  • Get regular dental cleanings to keep teeth overall healthy and prevent cavities or infections.
  • If early signs of infection are detected, a dental examination should be performed without delay.

How Long Is the Root Canal Treatment Life?

A treated tooth or teeth can be used for life with proper dental care. Regular dental checkups and oral care are important because treated teeth can cause frequent cavities. After root canal treatment, there is no pulp to hold the tooth like enamel, and therefore the treated tooth becomes more sensitive.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is root canal treatment needed?

If the inside of the tooth becomes inflamed, the pulp inside the tooth should be removed. Infection and inflammation in the center of the tooth, cavities that spread to the entire area of ​​​​the tooth can cause cracks or fractures in more than one tooth. If the infection is left untreated, it often causes pain and can lead to abscess formation.

Is root canal treatment painful?

Root canal treatment is no more complicated than a regular filling. This treatment helps relieve severe pain caused by dental inflammation. During the treatment, you will have a painless experience that will numb the area.

Is root canal treatment better than tooth extraction?

An infected tooth can cause other dental complications, so prompt treatment is important. An alternative to a root canal is to remove the infected tooth. However, we recommend that patients preserve their natural teeth, if possible. Although tooth replacement is possible with bridges and implants, nothing can replace your natural teeth. Root canal treatment allows you to preserve the original tooth and prevent it from being pulled out. In addition, a root canal is less expensive to replace the tooth than an extraction with an implant or bridge.