No artificial tooth can replace a natural tooth. Therefore all of the treatments applied in dentistry aim to keep the original teeth healthy and in their places.
Dentists try to keep the teeth alive as much as possible during the treatment. However, if it’s not possible to keep the dental pulp alive and protected, a root canal is applied. The tooth’s nerve tissues are removed and the resulting cavity is shaped and sterilized, and the canals are filled with a material down to the root.
Why Choose Root Canal Treatment?
If the living tissue and the pulp – which are the nerves – are infected or unable to keep themselves alive, a root canal treatment is needed. If the infected pulp is not treated, it will cause pain and dental abscess.
How Will You Understand Whether You Need A Root Canal Treatment or Not?
Long term sensitivity against hot and cold
Pain while chewing
Experiencing pain for no reason, especially pain that starts at night,
The changing in the tooth’s color, swelling, swelling that can be felt by hand
Feeling like the tooth grew longer and feeling like there’s more pressure on the tooth
Who Applies Root Canal Treatments?
All dentists study the main principles and the application of root canal treatments.
How Does The Root Canal Treatment Save My Tooth?
The dental root canals are sterilized, reshaped, and filled deliberately. A filling or a porcelain coating is applied to your tooth after a root canal treatment. Your tooth will resume its functions as other natural teeth after these procedures.
Will I Experience Any Pain During A Root Canal Treatment?
Thanks to modern methods of anesthesia and materials, you won’t experience any pain during the treatment. You may experience some dental sensitivity or pain for a few days after the treatment.
Painkillers will help you in these cases.
How Canal Treatment Is Applied?
A suitable anesthesia is applied to your tooth in order to keep you from experiencing any oral pain.
Tooth nerves are reached after the dental infection is cleaned. The nerves and the debris are removed.
A canal tool is placed in the tooth to take an x-ray in order to establish the canal size. The canal is reshaped down to the dental root apex depending on the established canal size. All debris is removed mechanically using proper chemicals.
The canal and the tooth gets shut by temporary filling material during the treatment sessions until a complete recovery is achieved.
When a complete recovery is achieved, the canal is filled up using proper filling material down to the dental root apex. A root canal treatment may be completed in one session, as it may take more depending on the condition of the tooth.
What Happens If I Don’t Get a Root Canal?
In cases where the dental pulp is damaged due to caries, trauma or periodontal diseases, the tooth will lose its vitality and the infection will spread to the entire tooth. If the tooth doesn’t get treated in such cases, the infection will affect the surrounding tissue, dissolving the bone in the area. A dental abscess will form in the hole where the bone is lost. Pain and swelling will follow the abscess formation, and the tooth is lost in a short period of time.
What’s The Longevity of a Tooth Treated With a Root Canal?
Although it will appear weaker because of it’s not living anymore, a tooth with a root canal treatment can last a lifetime if it is restored efficiently, and if the patient can maintain sufficient oral hygiene.
Dt. Tülay KAYA and Pediatric Dentist Specialist Selçuk SAVAŞ performs root canal treatments routinely in Lotus Dental Clinic at Kuşadası.