Root Canal: Process, Causes, Treatment, And Care

A study done in 2013 by Aspen Dental says that one in three people expects to receive dental care treatment. Many think that not receiving dental treatment is a way to save money when not receiving dental care, unfortunately, is not the method of saving money that many people think, not actually go to your dentist and ignore the signs of some problem costs you more as it progresses dental deterioration and infections that require more advanced treatments to cure.

An infection in a tooth that has reached the pulp, to the inner tissue in the center of a tooth, RCT known as endodontic therapy to repair the damage. There is a natural channel that extends through the center of the tooth. A root canal is necessary to improve or save a tooth that carries an infection or a severely damaged tooth. During the process, the dentist removes the infected tissue from the pulp and puts a seal to close the tooth. Without treatment, an infected pulp results in an abscess, where an infection is filled with pus at the tip of the tooth path.

Reasons For A Root Canal And How A Tooth Is Damaged

There are several causes why a tooth is hurt so hard that a root canal is needed to repair the damage. A slit or nick caused by some trauma can open a tooth and expose the pulp, which develops in an increase of bacteria that causes infection. Deep tooth decay can also reveal the flesh. The most significant signs that you need a root canal is the feeling of pain that emanates from a tooth. The pain feels soft until it feels extreme, and this can get worse with heat or cold or by biting or chewing. Other signs that indicate a tooth needs a root canal are swollen or painful gums, abscesses, tooth discoloration or prolonged sensitivity.

The Root Canal Procedure

Do not wait if you feel pain or sensitivity in a tooth. First, your dentist examines and takes x-rays of the affected tooth. In the second step, the dentist numbs the area with a local anesthetic and removes the affected tissue with a drill.

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The dentist then rinses the ear to remove the particles from the canal before putting the seal and can cover the tooth. It is a must to remove the infected pulp, or there is a risk of the spread of the infection. In cases of the disease, the dentist will put medication inside the tooth to treat the disease and temporarily seal the tooth until the infection is cured.

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By removing the pulp and infection, the dentist permanently seals the tooth; and in this way at the end, a tooth very disintegrated or a tooth with weak tooth enamel can be applied a crown or restoration to repair the tooth and keep it functioning normally. After applying a root canal, you can bite, chew and use the tooth usually.

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You may feel pain or sensitivity  in the days following the procedure, particularly if you have had depression or infection before receiving treatment. The majority of patients can summarize normal activities the day after the surgery. If you feel pain for more than one or two days call your dentist to make an appointment.

Jefferson Dental offers emergency appointments without an appointment for the same day. We also offer flexible financing and a discount plan that helps cover the cost of treatments such as root canal and dental crown.

What Is The Root Canal?

Teeth of millions of people are treated and saved every year with RCT (root canal treatment) which is a treatment inside the tooth (endodontics). Here we will explain in detail how this treatment will take away the pain and improve your smile.

When is a root channel necessary?

The root canal treatment is necessary when a large lesion or caries damages the root of the tooth. And the heart becomes infected or inflamed.

What is inside a tooth?

To understand this endodontic treatment (endo = inside, don’t = tooth), it knows something about the life systems of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white polish and a hard layer called the dentin, there is a soft tissue called the pulp.

The pulp is vital during the growth and development of a tooth. Regardless, when a tooth is full developed it can make due without the pound in light of the way that the tooth will continue being supported by the incorporating tissues. will keep on being sustained by the encompassing tissues.

Root Canal goes to the root.

The term root canal comes from the cleaning of the channels inside the root of the tooth. A root canal treatment is used to repair and save a severely damaged or infected tooth.

The procedure consists of:

  • Remove the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp).
  • Clean and disinfect this area.
  • And then fill it and seal it.

The common causes that affect the pulp (the soft tissue within the root canal) are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment on that tooth or a blow.

What signs indicate the need for treatment?

The signs to look for include:

  • pain
  • prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold
  • sensitivity to touch and during chewing
  • discoloration of the tooth
  • swelling, drainage, and tenderness in the lymph nodes; as well as in nearby bones and gums.

Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.

What to expect during a root channel?

There are a series of steps that are followed in the visit:

X-ray: To know where the problem is.

Local anesthesia: The dentist numbs the affected tooth.

Pulpectomy: Make an opening – through the crown of the tooth – to the chamber where the pulp is infected/inflamed to extract it. Irrigation is used to clean the channels and eliminate waste.

Filling: The roots that have been opened to get rid of the pulp are usually filled with gutta-percha to keep them free of infection. And it is sealed.

Tips for after a ROOT CHANNEL

A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. The root channel has a high success rate. Some ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal are:

  • Practice good oral hygiene
  • Visit the dentist regularly.

Avoid chewing hard foods such as ice because it can cause the teeth to break, and damage the root canals.

And remember, taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems. If the inflammation or infection of the pulp is left untreated, it can cause pain or produce other problems.

How Do I Know If I Need A Root Canal?

Many times we undergo dental treatment, but in reality, we do not know what is happening in our mouth. Duct treatments are dental procedures that seek to remove bacteria and nervous tissue that is dead or in a state of decomposition inside a tooth.

Why do you sometimes have to “empty” the ducts?

The pulp can be inflamed reversibly or irreversibly. In the first case, it is not necessary to empty the ducts but to place protection to the dental piece and the inflammation yields in most of the times.

But in cases where the pain is permanent, which can increase during the night at bedtime, and that does not give up, and that can also swell the face of the side in question, the dentist (specifically the endodontist, who is the specialist in Treatments of conduit), must “empty the ducts”, to remove the inflamed and infected nerve, clean the ducts, and fill them with an inert, biological material, which should not inflame or give allergies to the patient.

How is the treatment?

To do this, dentists or dentists use a needle for the application of anesthesia (numbing medicine). Sometimes you may feel a small prick when inserting the needle; then you will not feel any discomfort or pain.

Then you should use a small strawberry that is used to remove the upper part of the tooth to expose the pulp, remember that the flesh is composed of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This pulp is inside the tooth and extends to the jaw bone supplying blood to the tooth, thanks to it the tooth perceives sensations such as temperature.

The infected pulp is renewed, and medications are applied so that all the germs are eliminated to prevent future infections. The clean area is sealed with a temporary material when the tooth is filled; the permanent crown is placed on top.

What happens after a Duct Treatment?

It is essential a correct restoration of the tooth after the Conduit is made. To restore is to repair the piece. This repair can be:

  • Plastic (with composite and halogen light), or
  • Rigid, which is what we call prosthetic restoration, which is the pin and crown.

It is not mandatory to make a bolt and crown per se. This will depend on the dental remnant (dental remnant is what remains of the dental crown after internal cleaning of it).

The patient should know that a piece with root canal treatment is a weak piece, which should not be given much masticatory load. It is like a tree without sap.