Root canal treatment, or endodontics, is a dental procedure to treat infection in the tooth’s center. Root canal treatment is not painful and can save the tooth from damage that might otherwise endanger your health and beauty. Therefore, the tooth should be obliterated, and the tooth implant or other alternative methods should be used for its space.
Note: The root canal system contains the dental pulp and extends from the tooth’s crown to the endodontics end.
Also, a tooth can have between 1 and 3 root canals.
Root canal treatment is only necessary when x-rays show the decayed tooth, a bacterial infection has damaged the pulp; the pulp starts to die when infected with bacteria, and so on. Bacteria multiply and spread.
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In the case of toothache, it is essential to see a dentist because if the tooth is infected, the pulp will not heal by itself and needs dental care and treatment. Not treating the root infection in the mouth may worsen and transfer the infection to other teeth.
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Also, if the infection stays inside the tooth and lasts for a long time, the probability of losing the tooth and not treating the root canal is less, so it is better to visit the dentist on time.
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Root canal treatment requires one or more treatment sessions
.Moreover, it can be done by a dentist or an endodontist in a dental clinic. Choosing the type of dentist depends on the type and severity of the root canal problem.
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the causes, diagnosis,
Prevention and treatment of dental pulp diseases and injuries.
The first step in this procedure is to take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are signs of infection in the surrounding bone.
The dentist or endodontist will use local anesthesia near the tooth.
Anesthesia may not be necessary because the nerve is dead
However, most dentists do it to make the patient calmer and more comfortable.
At this stage, to keep the area dry during the treatment,
Your dentist will place a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) around the tooth.
Then a hole is created to access the tooth.
The pulp is removed from the tooth along with bacteria and associated debris.
This process is done using root canal cleaning files.
The dentist inserts files with different diameters into the root canal and drains the entire length of the tooth root canal.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, the canals need to be sealed.
Some dentists wait a week for the tooth infection to disappear completely
Moreover, some may clean the tooth on the same day.
If the root canal treatment is not completed on the same day, A temporary dressing is placed in the outer hole of the tooth to prevent infection.
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In the next session, to fill the tooth canal, A sealer paste and a rubber compound called gutta-percha are placed inside the tooth’s root canal.
and to fill the outer part of the tooth created at the beginning of the treatment, It is filled with amalgam or composite.
In the final stage of tooth restoration, Due to extensive destruction, the need for extensive fillings, and sometimes due to the absence of tooth walls and weakened teeth Post & Core or cover is used.
This prevents the tooth from breaking and restores the function of the damaged tooth.
In most cases, the inflamed tissue near the tooth will heal naturally. Before root canal treatment with fillers, you are usually injected with a local anesthetic so you do not feel any pain.
Root canal treatment is usually successful. In 9 out of 10 cases, a tooth can function like other teeth for up to 10 years after root canal treatment.
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After the root canal treatment, the pain you felt should go away.
Until the final stage of tooth restoration and, if necessary, post and deaf, etc., are done, it is better to use the denervated tooth less often.
Observance of this point prevents tooth infection and fracture until reconstruction.
For the first few days after treatment, The tooth may be sensitive due to inflammation of the natural tissue. Especially if you have pain or infection before endodontics treatment.
This sensitivity or discomfort is usually controlled with pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.
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New infections may develop despite the dentist’s efforts to clean and seal the tooth.
Among the possible reasons for this are:
Re-endodontic treatment (RE-ENDO) can be successful.
Sometimes, the endodontist will try to save the tooth, the most common surgical procedure being an apicectomy or root removal.
This procedure relieves inflammation or infection in the bony area around the end of the tooth.
In this procedure, the gum tissue is opened, the infected tissue is removed, and sometimes the end of the root is removed.
Your teeth allow you to eat various foods to maintain proper nutrition.
Root canal treatment is a good choice of treatment to save teeth. The only alternative to the root canal method is tooth extraction.
After extraction, the tooth can be replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable prosthesis to restore chewing function and prevent the change of adjacent teeth. These options are not only more expensive than root canal treatment. Instead, they need more time for treatment and additional methods for adjacent teeth and tissue support.
Since some reasons include:
In order for the teeth not to face problems and damage, and to ensure the health and beauty of the teeth, observe the following points:
Tooth infection is not a problem that can be solved at home with home remedies. Therefore, it is better to avoid home remedies and try methods that may be dangerous. Instead, it is better to see a dentist or an endodontist.
However, if we do not have access to a dentist at the moment, the following instructions can be followed to remove some of the symptoms of tooth root infection:
As a treatment, your general dentist or endodontist may prescribe antibiotics to kill the bacterial infection.
It depends on the opinion of your specialist about what kind of antibiotic and what dose to prescribe for you.
However, usually, the most common antibiotic drug for root infection is amoxicillin.
Please pay attention to the fact that people must take medicine for tooth infections and root canal swelling with the order of a doctor or dentist.
Indeed, because of the process that happens in the stages of root canal treatment, this question arises in your mind, what is the difference between root canal treatment and nerve extraction?
As you know, now they do not kill it because of toothache anymore, and they treat the place of pain, which is the root of the tooth, by taking measures.
This treatment includes draining the pulp and cutting the nerve vessels in this area.
With this, the denervation process takes place, and the toothache disappears.
Denervation is a part of the root canal treatment process, and it is one of its acute stages that must be done in the best possible way and with high precision.
Different methods are used to treat the root of the tooth according to the condition of the tooth and the state of the infection, which include the following:
When you see the signs of damage and infection in the pulp in the root of the tooth, you should see a specialist for root treatment so that the endodontics treatment process can be completed with one of these methods and restore your health.
When a tooth is infected with decay, the only way to help is endodontics. Endodontics is done so the dentist first removes the damaged tissue from the tooth’s root. Then the tooth root canals should be cleaned, and the created cavities filled with unique materials.
Usually, the infection caused in the dental pulp is caused by such things as damage, cracks and fractures, and deep caries. Symptoms of these infections include tooth sensitivity to liquid temperature, visible tooth decay, swelling in the jaw and gum area, pain, etc., which endodontics should treat.
Local anesthesia is used for treatment, and the success rate of this treatment method has been recorded to be above 90%.
Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.