Root Canal Treatment
What is the difference between Endodontics and Root Canal?
The term ‘root canal’ when meaning endodontic therapy is, in fact, wrong. Root canals are part of a tooth, the hollows within a tooth where the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and some other cells are located. Root canal is a place in a tooth, while endodontic therapy is a dental procedure. However, the term ‘root canal’ has become widely used with the meaning of endodontic therapy.
5 signs that endodontic treatment is necessary
Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes
In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
What does root canal therapy involve?
Endodontic treatment can often be performed in one but more commonly in two or more visits and involves the following steps:
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Signs to look for include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and when chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling, drainage and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gum tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms and we can find a problem on a routine x-ray.
The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the root canal, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, you will return to your dentist, who will place a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.
After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With our latest techniques, technology and anaesthetics, nearly all patients report that they are 100% comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after the treatment, the patient’s tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. The patient should follow the dentist’s instructions carefully.
The tooth may continue to feel slightly different from the other teeth for some time after the endodontic treatment is completed. However, if there is severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call the dentist.
Most teeth can be treated. Occasionally, a tooth can’t be saved because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored.
However, advances in endodontics are making it possible to save teeth that even a few years ago would have been lost. When endodontic treatment is not effective, endodontic surgery may be able to save the tooth.
The patient should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until they have had it restored by their dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so they should see their dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible.
The patient should practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular examinations and cleaning.
Most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. In a few cases, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or the pain continues.
Occasionally, the tooth may become painful or diseased months or even years after successful treatment. Often when this occurs, re-doing the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.
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