About Root Canal
Have you experiencing pain in your teeth? Has your dentist told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, you're not alone. Thousands of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal, or endodontic, treatment. Learn how root canal treatment can relieve your tooth pain and save your smile visit us for the specialized root canal procedure.
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WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT(RCT)?
Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today, root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be lost. The most common causes of pulp damage or death are:
• A deep cavity/decay which is causing pain or sensitivity.
• A cracked tooth.
• Discolored or fractured tooth due to an injury, such as a severe knock to the tooth, either recent or in the past.
• Sometimes intentional for restoration of missing or cosmetic purpose. Once the pulp is infected or dead, if left untreated, pus can build up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth and cause pain.
HOW IS A ROOT CANAL DONE?
Root canal treatment consists of several steps that take place over several office visits, depending on the situation. These steps are:
• First, an opening is made through the back of a front tooth or the crown of a molar or pre-molar.
• After the diseased pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped in preparation for being filled.
• If more than one visit is needed, medicament is placed in the chamber and a temporary filling is placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits.
• In the next visit temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal permanently filled. A tapered, rubbery material called gutta-percha is inserted into each of the canals and is often sealed into place with cement. Sometimes a metal or plastic rod called post is placed in the canal for structural support. If the tooth is very broken down, then only post will be required to build it up prior to placing a crown.
• In the final step, a crown is usually placed over the tooth to restore its natural shape and appearance.
HOW LONG WILL THE ROOT CANAL TREATED TOOTH LAST?
Your treated and restored tooth/teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. Because tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth, good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems. As there is no longer a pulp keeping the tooth alive, root-treated teeth can become brittle and are more prone to fracture. This is an important consideration when deciding whether to crown or fill a tooth after root canal treatment. To determine the success or failure of root canal treatment, the most relied-upon method is to compare new X-rays with those taken prior to treatment. This comparison will show whether bone continues to be lost or is being regenerated.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS FOR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?
If you have an infection of the pulp, you may not feel any pain at first. But if it is not treated, the infection will cause pain and swelling. In some cases, an abscess will form. You may need a root canal if:
• Your tooth is broken
• Tooth hurts when you bite down on it, touch it or push on it
• Tooth is sensitive to heat
• Teeth are discolored
• Teeth are sensitive to cold for more than a couple of seconds
• There is swelling near the tooth.
MYTHS ABOUT ROOT CANALS AND ROOT CANAL PAIN
There are many misconceptions surrounding root canal (endodontic) treatment and whether patients experience root canal pain. As always, when considering any medical procedure, you should get as much information as you can about all of your options. Your dentist or endodontist can answer many of your questions, and if you still have concerns, it is often wise to seek a second opinion.
1. Root canal treatment is painful.
2. Root canal treatment causes illness.
3. A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction (pulling the tooth).
1. Root canal treatment is painful
Root canal treatment doesn't cause pain, it relieves it. The perception of root canals being painful began decades ago but with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as "painless" than patients who have not had root canal treatment. Most patients see their dentist or endodontist when they have a severe toothache. Damaged tissues in the tooth can cause the toothache. Root canal treatment removes this damaged tissue from the tooth, thereby relieving the pain you feel.
2. Root canal treatment causes illness
Patients searching the Internet for information on root canals may find sites claiming that teeth receiving root canal (endodontic) treatment contribute to the occurrence of illness and disease in the body. The truth: There is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal-treated teeth and disease elsewhere in the body. Decades of research and more recent research continue to support the safety of dental treatment as it relates to overall health. The presence of bacteria in teeth and the mouth has been an accepted fact for many years. But the presence of bacteria does not constitute "infection" and is not necessarily a threat to a person's health. Bacteria are present in the mouth and teeth at all times, even in teeth that have never had a cavity or other trauma. Research shows that the healthy immune system takes care of bacteria in a matter of minutes. When a severe infection in a tooth requires endodontic treatment, that treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal and prevent re-infection of the tooth. Tooth extraction is a potentially traumatic procedure and is known to cause a significantly higher incidence of bacteria entering the bloodstream; endodontic treatment confined to the root canal system produces much less trauma and a much lower incidence and magnitude of bacteria entering the blood stream. There is no adequate replacement for the natural tooth - it should be saved whenever possible. Root canal treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost effective way to treat infected teeth because it is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of an implant. In most cases, endodontic treatment allows patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
3. A good alternative to root canal treatment is extraction (pulling the tooth)
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues. Millions of healthy endodontically treated teeth serve patients all over the world, years and years after treatment. Those healthy teeth are helping patients chew efficiently, maintain the natural appearance of their smiles and enhance their enjoyment of life. Through endodontic treatment, endodontists and dentists worldwide enable patients to keep their natural teeth for a lifetime.
WHY CHOOSE AN ENDODONTIST?
REASON 1: Experience
On average, endodontists perform nearly 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists perform less than two.
REASON 2: Efficiency
Because they limit their practice solely to endodontic treatment, endodontists are efficient and precise. This equates to positive experiences and faster healing.
REASON 3: Availability
Most endodontists offer tremendous flexibility in accommodating emergency cases, so delays in treatment are kept to a minimum and patients can be relieved of dental pain quickly.
REASON 4: Advanced Technology
Many endodontists use state-of-the-art technology such as operating microscopes, digital imaging, ultrasonic instrumentation and fiber optics, to treat their patients quickly and comfortably. Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling. Watch how root canal specialists put patients at ease with their calm and caring manner.