Root canal treatment also known as endodontics is a dental treatment given to the teeth of individuals suffering from dental diseases or problems. The process is not complicated and only involves some steps. The treatment focuses on the center of the patient’s tooth where the infection occurs.
Who Needs Treatment?
When bacteria existing in the mouth invade your tooth, it causes an infection in the center of your tooth. The invasion occurs when the tooth decays, when it is damaged e.g. by a fall, and when the fillings leak. The pulp is contained in the root canal of a tooth. When it’s infected by bacteria, the pulp begins to die and the bacteria multiply till the surrounding tissues at the end become swollen and red. When this happens, you should see a dentist immediately for treatment.
How Treatment is Carried Out
The infection can be treated in two ways. Sometimes the tooth is removed completely by the dentist and sometimes the root canal system of the tooth is removed. The latter is called root canal treatment and that is the topic of this article. This treatment is almost always successful, with treated teeth surviving for 10+ years. An anesthetic is used to make the process less painful for the patient.
First, steps are taken to make sure that pain is reduced drastically or even eliminated if possible. This is usually achieved by numbing the patient’s gum with a jelly-like substance, after which a local anesthetic is administered to the patient via a syringe to help numb the skin around the infected area, the gums, teeth, and tongue. A gas called nitrous oxide is seldom used to help the patient relax and reduce pain.
A small rubber sheet on a frame (metal) is then used to prevent tooth chips and liquids from entering the mouth and eventually the throat of the patient. The rubber sheet is also used to demarcate the infected tooth from the rest of the teeth. The pulp is removed with dental tools – including a drill – and the center of the tooth is filled with medicines, filling materials (just temporarily), and root canal filling – the final one.
A permanent crown or filling is usually needed after the root canal is filled. A crown is then made by a technician that fits the drilled tooth perfectly, using the relevant information gotten from the dentist. But until the permanent crown is made, a temporary one is fitted onto the tooth.
More Information on Root Canal Treatment
Here are some facts to note:
1. Your lips and gums will remain numb after the surgery until the effects of the anesthetic subside.
2. You may have to use a painkiller to reduce throbbing pain which you may experience after the surgery. This pain can last for up to 2 days.
3. The permanent crown may need to be repaired after some time. They can come loose after months of use.
4. In severe cases of tooth decay or infection, extraction of the tooth is a far better option. Going through the pains involved in root canal treatments would definitely not be worth it if that was the case.
At the end, prevention always wins over cure. Eat healthy, keep your teeth clean, and go for dental checks regularly to prevent infections and diseases. Infections when discovered should be treated immediately before they go from bad to worse.
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