Root Canal Treatment
What is Root Canal Treatment ?
Root canal treatment is a procedure to save and repair the infected tooth by removing the bacteria from the infected root canal. This process will reduce chances of teeth extraction, thus save the natural teeth.
Who needs Root Canal Treatment?
- Deep decay tooth damaging the tooth’s nerve
- Chip or crack in the tooth damaging the tooth’s nerve
- Excessive chewing habit
- Teeth grinding during sleep (nocturnal bruxism)
- Periodontal disease (gum disease)
Indication of Root Canal Problems
- Having sensitivity while drinking hot or cold drinks
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Chip or crack in the tooth
- Pus or pimple on the infected area
If you have the above problems, we recommend you consulting with the dentist.
Types of Root Canal Treatment
- Typical Root Canal Treatment
- Endodontic Surgery
Typical Root Canal Treatment
Typical root canal treatment involves clearing and removing the bacteria and infected tissues from the infected root canal.
Typical Root Canal Treatment Process
1. The dentist will drill the crown of the tooth to open the inner tooth and remove the infected area.
2. The root canal is then cleansed thoroughly and applied with medication.
1. The dentist may remove the temporary filling, clean the teeth, and seal with the crown. In some cases, several appointments are necessary to perform the cleaning process several times until the inflammation gets resolve.
Results of Typical Root Canal Treatment
- Relieve pain and reduce the risk of infection
- Prevent germs from infiltrating into the root canal again.
- Can keep that tooth without being withdrawn
Endodontic surgery can be carried out if the initial treatment failed or unable to proceed such as having a large dental crown and post&core on. The treatment includes surgery on the infected inner root canal area and extraction of inner root structure.
Endodontic Surgery Process
1. Remove part of the inner root, dental restoration materials, and clean the inner root canal.
2. A filling will be placed over the treated inner root canal and finished off by closing the wound.
Root Canal Treatment Duration
Root canal treatment may require 2-3 consecutive treatments, depends on cases.
Lifespan of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment can last for a lifetime with a good oral care.
Root Canal Treatment Aftercare
- Avoid chewing hard food on the treated root canal area.
- The teeth thoroughly and use dental floss.
- Have an appointment with the dentist every 6 months to check the oral health.
Is having a tooth extraction better than root canal treatment ?
A : Tooth extraction may not be the best solution for oral health. There are several symptoms it may cause, such as gum disease, improper teeth alignment like crowded and crooked teeth, difficulty chewing, etc. If tooth extraction has selected, it is recommended to place the fillings in the extracted position.
Why do I need to treat Dead Tooth ?
A : Dead tooth is a tooth that longer has a blood flow to the canal, so the surrounding nerves are dying and stop working properly. The best solution is to remove and clean the canal of the dead tooth.
What to be aware after Root Canal Treatment ?
A : If you have the following symptoms after the root canal treatment, contact your dentist immediately.
- mouth swelling either in the inside or outside.
- drug allergy ex. itching, irritating skin, urticaria, etc.
- feeling the same as before the treatment ex. discomfortable chewing, bite problems (malocclusion), etc.
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