Do you have pain in a tooth that won’t subside?
If decay or caries has extended into the pulp of the tooth (the nerve area), the canals will become infected and the tooth will start to die off. This will normally be associated with severe toothache or swelling.
A root canal treatment can be done to repair or save a tooth that has been infected with dead or damaged pulp. This treatment can save and protect the tooth from being damaged and prevent the infection from spreading further.
What are other signs and symptoms associated with root canal therapy?
- Dull throbbing toothache and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
- Bad breath and tooth becoming loose.
- Tender feeling when touching mouth or chewing.
- Extreme pain and swelling of the gums and face.
- Pus oozing out of affected tooth.
At this stage, you will be given two options: either to extract the tooth or to try to save the tooth by root canal treatment. This will depend on the accessibility to the tooth and its restorability.
There are two aims of root canal treatment
- To clean the canals of any debris, blood, bacteria and infection.
- To seal the canals to prevent further ingress of bacteria.
It is very important that the root canal filling material is filled to the entire length of the canal. You may notice the dentist taking some measurements from the x-rays.
Some teeth have more than one canal, and so, sometimes treatment can take longer than others. The front teeth normally have one or two canals, but the molars can have up to four canals.
Root canal treatment is about 95-98% successful, depending on the position and condition of the tooth. However, if it fails, re-root filling the tooth may have a lower success rate and you may decide on taking the tooth out then.
What happens during the root canal treatment procedure?
A local anaesthetic is administered. Once the area is numbed and there is no pain or feelings in the affected area, the dentist will then begin with the root canal treatment.
The remains of the nerve are cleaned through a small hole made from the top of the tooth to the pulp chamber. Thin files and cleaning solution are used to clean out the canals, thereafter; the canal is shaped into smooth, hollow tunnels using small instruments.
After shaping and cleaning, the root canals are then filled with gutta-percha (rubber-like material) and are mounted with an adhesive cement to seal up the root canals completely. This barrier will prevent bacteria from entering the canal and re-infecting it.
After the root canal treatment, you may be given the option of placing a crown over the tooth. This will help strengthen the tooth, as most root canalled teeth are weak structurally. This could also prevent further complications from occurring in the future.
Root canal aftercare:
- To prevent the tooth from getting addition infections after the root canal treatment, it is important to take the prescribed medication as directed.
- Avoid chewing or biting on the tooth after treatment has taken place. Try to eat soft foods instead and keep hydrated.
- Wait for complete recovery to consume foods that are hard or chewy.
- Try to keep the affected area clean by maintaining good oral hygiene, brushing, flossing, and cleaning your teeth on a regularly basis.
- Some people do experience pain after the root canal treatment for a short period of time. Make sure you monitor your pain levels. If the pain persists after a few days, then please contact our team at Aperture Dental Practice immediately for dental assistance.
- Be careful not to put too much pressure on your affected tooth because it could be very tender after the root canal treatment takes place.
Are there complications after a root canal treatment?
In a few rare cases some of the following complications may occur;
- The tooth may become reinfected or root canals could be missed in complex tooth structures.
- There could be a fractured root or crown.
Little pieces of dental material could get stuck inside the canal during the procedure.
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