Root Canal Treatment Armidale
Root Canal Treatment
Centuries ago, dental pain had only one solution that actually worked; pulling out of the infected tooth.
With the introduction of root canal treatment, a lot of things have changed for good and saving a decayed tooth has become a relatively simpler task.
What Is A Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a method of saving a grossly decayed tooth. It involves the removal of the infected dental pulp (the network of blood vessels and nerves inside the innermost part of the tooth) and filling and sealing the space with a special material. Later on, the tooth is prepared for the placement of a dental crown.
When Do We Need A Root Canal Treatment?
You may need root canal treatment when you experience symptoms like:
- Pain while you bite or chew something
- Sharp pain while consuming hot or cold food or drink
- A tooth that feels loose within the socket
- Swollen gums around the infected tooth
- Pus discharge from the infected tooth
- Swelling on the face
- Affected tooth darker in colour when compared to the rest of your teeth.
Your dentist will take x-rays to confirm the actual reason for the pain or discomfort. These symptoms indicate infection of the pulp and it cannot be resolved through antibiotics alone. The real cause (i.e. infected pulp) needs to be removed completely.
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What Are The Advantages of Root Canal Treatment?
- Conservation of the natural tooth – One of the biggest benefits of root canal treatment is that you get to keep your natural tooth without posing any future problems.
- Protection of neighbouring teeth – One decayed tooth can spread and infect the other teeth. Hence, root canal treatment protects the adjacent teeth from getting infected.
- Efficient chewing – While chewing on your natural tooth, you tend to chew better with greater efficiency.
What Are The Alternatives For Root Canal treatment?
A decayed tooth can be extracted and replaced with the help of dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.
What Are The Steps Involved In Root Canal Treatment?
- Your dentist or endodontist will numb the tooth area through a shot of local anaesthesia.
- To isolate the tooth, your dentist may cover your mouth with a rubber sheet.
- The next step would be the removal of the decayed portion within the tooth.
- Then the dentist will work his way to the pulp chamber where the infected pulp resides.
- The pulp will be removed from the crown portion and the root portion of the tooth and the canals will be cleaned thoroughly.
- The next step is the placement of a bioinert filling material called guttapercha to seal the root canals.
- On the day of the completion of root canal treatment, a temporary filling is placed for the crown portion. You will be recalled for the placement of a permanent filling and a dental crown in subsequent visits.
- Root canal treatment can be done in a single visit or may need multiple visits if there is a lot of infection. The duration needed for the completion of the procedure depends upon factors like the complexity of the root shape or structure.
What Are The Post-operative Instructions For Root canal treatment?
- Avoid chewing or biting your lips and cheeks until the effect of anaesthesia has not worn off.
- Avoid sticky or hard-to-chew foods as they may aggravate pain and discomfort.
- It is normal to find a few pieces of temporary filling in your mouth. If the entire filling is gone, schedule an appointment to get it filled again.
- Try not to chew on the side of treatment as the tooth and the supporting tissues need time to heal from within.
- Warm salt water gargle at least three times a day is highly recommended for a speedy recovery.
- If you are on antibiotics, you should complete your course as directed by your dentist. You can take painkillers prescribed by the doctor if you are bothered by pain.
- When you are called for dental crown placement, try not to postpone it as your root canal treated tooth may fracture when not capped for a long period of time.
What Are The Risks Involved For Root Canal treatment?
There are very less chances of failure in cases of root canal treatment. The longevity of any restoration depends upon how well it is taken care of. The common complications of root canal treatment include:
- Darkening of tooth
- Tooth fracture – If a dental crown is placed on time, this complication can be avoided in most cases.
- Mild pain – This can be a temporary issue and will resolve when the inflammation of the surrounding tissues goes off.
Less common complications, but still some risks to consider, include:
- Severe dental pain even after root canal treatment
- Breaking of metal files (the tool used to clean the inside of the roots)
- Accidental perforation on the side of the tooth.
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Root Canal (Endodontics)
One of the biggest benefits of root canal treatment is that you get to keep your natural tooth without posing any future problems. Additionally, it protects the adjacent teeth from getting infected.
Some people may never experience a lot of pain or discomfort even if they have root canal infection. This is because the infection turns chronic and stays well within the person’s pain threshold. If your dentist discovers a root canal infection through an X-ray and informs you, you should think of going ahead with root canal treatment to avoid sudden pain or swelling in future.
The most common alternative for root canal treatment is extraction. A decayed tooth can be extracted and replaced with the help of dental bridge, dentures or dental implants.
The common complications of root canal treatment include darkening of tooth, tooth fracture (if dental crown is not placed on time) and mild pain. Pain can be a temporary issue and will resolve when the inflammation of the surrounding tissues goes off.
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