Root Canal Treatment
What is the Root Canal?
Root canal refers to a canal at the center of a tooth that is the living tissue that keeps the tooth alive. When this tissue is infected due to deep tooth decay, large filling done on one tooth, or maybe root fracture. This causes inflammation of the pulp, which includes blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues that leads to swelling and adding of pressure inside the tooth. This is when you require root canal therapy.
Root Canal Treatment
When a Tooth pain occurs due to external stimulation, it usually due to physical causes. You might have a cavity or an enamel-related problem. This kind of pain is usually dull, throbbing, and spontaneous.
Some basic symptoms of root canal can be as follows:
- Monetary sensitivity to cold or hot foods
- Sharp pain felt by the patient when biting down the food on the teeth
- Feeling sensitive to hot and cold foods after a dental implant
- Some lingerie pain that lasts long, usually 30 seconds after having a bit of cold or hot meal
- Swelling of gums
- Tooth becomes completely sensitive to touch
- Feel the pressure in the upper teeth and jaw
It is important to note that root canal pains are experiences difficult ordeal to deal with and needs immediate medical attention in case the pain gets worse. A visit to the dentist to verify whether you need a Root Canal treatment is the best option in such cases. Further, below is the overview of Root Canal Therapy and any myths around it.
Root Canal Treatment is Painless
Root Canal Treatment becomes necessary when the pulp inside the tooth gets infected. This can also cause a certain degree of inflammation. Such infections happen due to several reasons. These can be: tooth decay, chipped teeth, or cavities. Many people stay away from the therapy to avoid root canal therapy pain. However, the pain factor is only a myth.
- It helps in eliminating tooth pain
- Get to use your affected side, normally again
- Avoid frequent visit to the dentist and losing your teeth prematurely
- Gain normal sensation and biting capabilities
- Prevent the adjacent teeth from getting affected
- Maximum chances of retaining the original looks of the affected tooth
Due to its step-wise healing in nature, Root canal treatment requires multiple visit-to-dentist, but with the right dentist, you are in safe hands.
- First, your dentist removes the infected pulp inside the tooth.
- After this, they will clean the inside with antibiotics. This ensures no bacteria remain in the tooth, gums, or nerves.
- After this, your dentist fills it with a rubber-like substance.
- Then, a crown or filling is fit on the tooth for protection. This prevents further decay or cavities.
The root canal therapy process is usually carried out in 3 to 4 sittings. The sittings last for an hour.
Don’t be anxious while you are in the dentist chair. Or avoid treating root canal for prolonged duration leading to increase in infections. Just Relax, Go and visit your dentist.
C-Shaped root canal treatment
Dentists do a C-shaped root canal treatment, in the case of a curved canal. The first and most important step is for your dentist to identify beforehand if this is the case with you. You need not worry about a curved canal, though. It is not abnormal and your dentist can treat it easily. Your dentist will be using tools like anticurvature filling and crown-down techniques.
Some basic symptoms of root canal treatment can be as follows:
- Your tooth pain is getting worse gradually and not showing any signs of improvement
- You are occasionally seeing that your gums are bleeding
- All of a sudden you start noticing slight discoloration of teeth
- Your teeth are becoming too sensitive when reacting to hot or cold stuff
- You can use cold packs or compresses from outside your face. This will give you some pain relief.
- It is highly recommended to rinse with warm salt water to reduce any bacterial infection.
- If you have excessive prolonged tooth pain, it’s not advisable to sit at home and bear the pain. Act fast.
- Cavities in your teeth need the immediate attention of a professional.
- If you see that your teeth are turning brownish or greenish, consult with a dentist right away.
Root Canal Treatment and Crowns
Crowns are the final steps of root canal therapy. You would be surprised to know how easy the entire process is. Also, it would make your teeth look natural. Teeth usually require crowns for protection. Molars, especially, require them, since they need support for biting and exerting force. Front teeth do not necessarily need crowns, but it is better to get one, to prevent damage again.
Sometimes, you might need a root canal treatment bridgework for your teeth. This is especially in cases with more than one lost tooth. Tooth bridges span the area of these missing teeth.
There are various options to choose from when it comes to the material for both crowns and bridges. You can also get custom-made ones to match the color of your teeth.
Some basic symptoms of tooth pain can be as follows:
- You might have got a broken or chipped tooth
- What might have earlier seemed like a small cavity has now turned deeper
- You can release some of your pain with painkillers like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
- If you have had a root canal, filling, bruxism, or have broken your teeth, you will need a crown.
Root Canal Treatment for Baby Teeth
Root canals for children are usually faster and less invasive. They only involve partial nerve treatment. Young children can lose milk teeth when the pulp becomes infected. Your dentist will remove the pulp, clean up, then seal the area. Then your child will get fitted with a baby crown.
Baby teeth root canals are necessary. They help prevent infections and provide a protective structure for permanent teeth. Also, this ensures the maintenance of the baby’s teeth along with the jaws. In addition, it helps the tongue to function properly. It can also prevent speech problems. Besides this, it hinders abnormal eruption of a permanent successor tooth.
Some basic symptoms of tooth pain can be as follows:
- You will see that your tooth is getting darkened than usual
- Often there will be drainage around your teeth
- Getting a low body temperature is also quite common in such situations
- Swollen lymph nodes are signs that your tooth has got infected
- Most dentists recommend using a numbing gel. It will give you some pain relief.
- Rinse your mouth after every meal using thyme mouthwash
- You can frequently massage your teeth with clove oil. It will give you faster relief.
- Visit your dentist as soon as possible, if your child is in excessive pain.
- Has bleeding gums or pus-filled pimples on teeth, along with a fever
Root Canal Treatment and Pregnancy
Pregnant women are often apprehensive of getting root canal therapy. However, they are completely safe procedures. The first trimester is usually a high-risk period. In the third trimester, you might feel uncomfortable leaning in a chair. Hence, the best time for it would be the second trimester. Sometimes, pregnancies themselves cause dental problems, so getting a root canal becomes necessary.
You must inform your dentist about the pregnancy. It is also advisable to talk to your gynecologist. There have been many technological developments that protect both mother and child. These include lead aprons and thyroid collars, among others.
You will suffer from toothache and the affected side of your mouth will feel sore. The gums will seem tender. The headache you are getting will not seem to go easily.
It’s advisable to try out the basics like cold compresses and painkillers to get some relief. You can also drink some warm peppermint tea.
Tooth pain is common during pregnancy. However, if you feel like you have cavities or a tooth infection, visit your dentist soon. This will prevent further damage and loss of teeth.
Root Canal Treatment Versus Filling
It can be easy to confuse root canals and fillings since they almost seem like the same procedure. The filling process starts with the removal of the decayed tooth material. After that, the cleaning of the area takes place. The dentist then fills up the area. Sometimes, gaps in teeth are too big for a filling. Sometimes, the pulp deep inside gets affected. This is when you might need a root canal.
A root canal gets rid of bacteria and damaged tissue to save the tooth. It cleans the inside of the tooth and saves soft tissue from damage. Fillings help to keep the tooth functional while also maintaining its cosmetic appearance. The dentist conducts a dental exam in case of an injured tooth. This decides the course of treatment, which can be either a root canal or a filling.
- Fillings are a must when you have cavities, and root canals when there is deeper damage in the pulp of the teeth. You might experience tooth pain or bleeding in the mouth.
- Rinse your mouth frequently with saltwater
- You can also use wheatgrass mouthwash. It is known to be quite helpful in such situations.
If you experience any symptoms of pain, bleeding, and headaches. Your dentist will then determine if you need a root canal or filling.
Root Canal Treatment Aftercare and Precautions
- Avoid eating anything before you start feeling normally inside your mouth.
- Don’t use the affected tooth to bite anything. Once you have done a permanent filling or a crown, you can use it again. Until then, you the teeth on the other side.
- Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
- Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored with a permanent filling and crown by your dentist. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
- Avoid chewing sticky foods such as chewing gum and sticky toffees.
- In addition to the prescribed medication, to further reduce pain and swelling, if present, rinse three times a day with warm salt water; dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then rinse, swish, and spit.
- It’s important to continue to brush and floss normally.
- If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Tea Tree Oil – Try to put a few drops of the oil in a glass of slightly warm water and gargle it for some minutes and the pain may reduce.
- Use Salt Water – Put one tablespoon of table salt into a glass of warm water. Stir the solution and then use it to rinse your mouth. Hold the water in your mouth for few minutes occasionally gargling it to draw the water mostly around the tooth with a root canal for effective results.
- Use of Cucumber – Simply place a piece of cucumber on the affected tooth for some minutes. The cucumber’s coolness soothes and relieves pain and its juice cures the canal.
- Onion and Garlic Juice – Crush the onion and garlic together and try to extract the juice thereof. Put a drop of that juice on the affected tooth.
- Olive Oil – Take a cotton cloth and dip it in olive oil, place the cloth on the affected tooth. This oil soothes away the pain and when used more often cures it completely.
- Use of an Ice Pack – The use of an ice pack is an effective remedy that has been known to work very well in pain relief. Place an ice pack on the affected area and apply it topically around it to soothe and clear the pain.
The best way to prevent emergencies is to keep up with your dental hygiene. A custom plan made by your dentist can successfully prevent dental problems from progressing into emergencies and save you a trip to the Dentist.
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Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection, and for the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before treatment. At Dental Smilez, we ensure that these procedures are done as painlessly as possible, with the effective and scientific use of local anesthetics, rotary endodontic equipment and post – operative analgesic prescription.
On average, Root Canal Therapy can take up to 45 minutes to 1 hour in one sitting. However, depending on the complexity of each case, and comfort and convenience unique to every patient, the duration and number of appointments required is flexible and patient – centric.
- Child-friendly information for children and parents, describing the Why, What and How of Tooth pain (Multiple sets based on age?)
- Printable child-friendly pre/post-operative instructions.
- Resources (such as games/fun quizzes/puzzles based on the disease and procedure) to help familiarize child prior to treatment.
Yes. It is important to disclose any and all medical and oral health history to your Dentist, prior to treatment. Root Canal Therapy involves the administration of small doses of Local Anaesthesia, minimal but necessary exposure to X – Rays and post-operative prescription of antibiotics and analgesics. Some medical diseases and conditions may adversely affect, or be affected by these and other procedures, requiring additional precautions and measures. A detailed medical history will help us at Dream Smilez provide effective oral health care specific to every patient.
Where possible, non – emergency procedures are advised during the second trimester of pregnancy. However, root canal therapy may be safely performed throughout pregnancy to minimize dental pain and infection harmful to both mother and foetus. At Dream Smilez, we take particular care in planning treatment for expectant mothers. In addition to the use of lead aprons, thyroid collars and minimal exposure during diagnostic X – Ray imaging, all medication (including local anesthesia) prescribed is safe for both the mother and foetus.
Young children can lose primary (milk) teeth and even immature permanent teeth when the pulp becomes infected. This is often the result of trauma or tooth decay and creates a special problem for the child. The primary teeth provide important guides for the newly developing permanent teeth that will replace them. And injury resulting in loss of young permanent teeth can be even more troublesome, because neither tooth development, nor jaw growth is complete.
If teeth are lost prematurely, a malocclusion (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) can easily result. Tooth replacement techniques such as partial dentures, bridgework and dental implants cannot easily be used in children while everything is changing and growing so rapidly. “Space maintainers,” specially made appliances that can be attached to adjacent teeth or fabricated in a removable “retainer” style, are generally the best choice. Yet many do not restore function, and all require constant monitoring.
For both functional and cosmetic reasons, root canal therapy is preferable to tooth loss. It can preserve tooth, jaw and tongue function. It can also prevent speech problems, and abnormal eruption of a permanent successor tooth, or even the loss of a tooth that has no successor.
Since toothache leading to Root Canal Treatment is usually caused by tooth decay, proper oral hygiene practices can prevent it to some extent.
- Brush regularly (twice a day) with fluoride toothpaste
- Floss daily
- Avoid using tobacco products and smoking
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year
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