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ROOT CANAL
TREATMENT

Relieve Tooth Pain and preserve
your natural tooth again

A tooth infection can be very painful. We know that no one wants to hear that they require a root canal treatment. If you’ve heard this news, you’re not alone. At FMS dental hospital, we’ve treated and saved—many teeth with root canal therapy.

Your dentist may tell you that you might require a root canal treatment only if there is inflammation or infection inside one of your teeth.
Root canal treatment is intended to eliminate bacteria from the root canal space. When one undergoes a root canal treatment, the infected pulp is removed and also the inside of the tooth is  cleaned and disinfected to prevent further damage or infection, then filled with a obturating material to provide a tight seal. Root canal treatment can save your tooth from having to be removed or extracted.

What is a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a treatment designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp isremoved and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed.

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What are the signs I need a root canal?

There are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root
canal—
• Severe pain while chewing or biting
• Pimples on the gums
• A chipped or cracked tooth
• Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
• Swollen or tender gums
• Deep decay or darkening of the gum

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Root canal treatment

How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?

When you undergo a root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth isrestored with a crown or filling for protection and will continue to function like any other tooth

Will I feel pain during or after the treatment?

Many endodontic procedures are performed to relieve the pain of toothaches caused by pulp inflammation or infection. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.

For the first few days after treatment, your 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. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure or pain that lasts more than a few days, call your endodontist.

Preparing for root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is done by an Endodontist at FMS. An Endodontist is a specialist in root canal treatment.

The dentist will ask about your pain, symptoms and examine you. The dentist might ask you about your medical history and any previous treatment you’ve had on your teeth.

An X-ray of your tooth will be taken, this will help to find out which tooth is causing your pain and needs treatment, and how far the infection has spread. These examinations are essential for your dentist to make sure that the tooth is not too badly broken down for root canal treatment.

Even though some root canal treatments can be completed within one session, in
some cases where the infection still might be present two or more session is required
with your dentist to place medication in the root canal spaces which helps for better
healing of the tooth.

What happens during root canal treatment?

The dentist will place a small amount of local anesthetic gel near the affected tooth. Afterwardslocal anesthesia will be injected into your gums. You may feel a sharp prick, but this will pass quickly.

You’ll remain awake during the procedure, but the anesthetic will keep you totally free from any pain.

Once the area is anesthetized, your dentist will then isolate the tooth, usually with a rubber dam sheet inside your mouth. The rubber dam covers everything except the tooth being treated on. It ensure that the field is kept as sterile as possible and that bacteria contamination of the tooth by saliva is avoided. Maintaining a moisture-free, sterile environment when performing a root canal treatment is important as this prevents any bacteria in the mouth from entering the canals.

Step 1: Anesthetic

Step 2: Removing the pulp

Your dentist will make small hole on the top of your tooth with the help of a drill and remove the pulp. Initially to find the curvature of the canal your dentist will use file to clean the canal space and a liquid to irrigate (sodium hypochlorite) and disinfect the canal spaces of the tooth. With the help of new advanced rotary file system it will help to make the canals in a more defined  shape to enable the tooth to be filled and cleaned more precisely. The irrigating liquid makes sure that all infection is cleared and flushed out.

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Once the tooth is clean, the dentist will coat the area with a medication or antibiotic to ensure that the infection is gone and to prevent reinfection. After the canals are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly, the dentist will fill and seal the tooth with a gutta-percha and sealer which will provide a tight seal.

In some cases when the infection in the tooth is not completely healed the dentist will put some medication (Calcium Hydroxide) into the canal space for better healing of the tooth for a week and close it with a temporary filling. You might then have a second sitting with your dentist to have the tooth permanently filled.

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Step 3: Antibiotics and Temporary filling

Step 4: Adding a Crown

When your tooth is badly broken down or is at risk of further damage, your dentist may suggest having a crown fitted.

A crown or a cap is a type of dental restoration that completely encircles a tooth or dental implant. It might be necessary to use a crown after root canal treatment to help restore an already weak tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down to prevent the tooth from fracturing.

Crowns can be made from:

  • metal or porcelain (or both)
  • a ceramic material

Slight amount of tooth structure will be reduced and will use the crown to replace what’s removed.

An impression of your tooth will be taken to ensure that crown is made in the right shape and size, and fits your tooth accurately.

When fitting the crown, cement will be used to bond the crown to the prepared tooth structure.

However after the root canal treatment if there is an inadequate amount of sound tooth remaining, a post might be necessary. It helps to retain a core restoration and crown, and furthermore to redistribute stresses down onto the root, thereby reducing the risk of fracture.

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What to expect afterwards

After the end of the treatment, it may take a while for the local anesthesia to wear off before the feeling comes back to normal into your jaw and face.

You might need to take painkillers to help you with any discomfort after the anesthetic wears off and for the next couple of days.

Root canal treatment usually has a success rate of 90% at saving the tooth and eliminating the infection.

A root canal-treated tooth can save your teeth for another 10 to 15 years. But if done in the right way your tooth might even last for the rest of your life

However the success rate of a root canal treatment being carried out for the first time is much higher than the second time and if not done to a high standard, there is a high chance for the root canal treatment to fail. If this occurs, it might go for a re-root canal treatment. Unfortunately, the success rates of re-root canal treatments are much lower, hence it is important to get it done correctly the first time itself.

At FMS we make sure that the risk of failure is minimized by using best practice techniques and high tech equipment like microscope to locate calcified canals and to reach the ends of the roots, ensuring to remove the infection completely with the help of advanced laser technology and to make sure that the filling reaches the whole length of the root canal. So that we can help to retain your tooth to good health and handle the most complex RCT with the utmost care and expertise.

How successful is root canal treatment?

FAQ

The cost varies depending on how complex the problem is and which tooth is affected.

Generally, endodontic treatment and restoration of the natural tooth are less expensive than the alternative of having the tooth extracted. An extracted tooth must be replaced with an implant or bridge to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. These procedures tend to cost more than endodontic treatment and appropriate restoration.

You should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for a full restoration as soon as possible. Otherwise, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, and regular checkups and cleanings. 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, redoing the endodontic procedure can save the tooth.

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.

After a root canal, try to eat soft foods that require very little chewing, like applesauce, yogurt, eggs, and fish. Avoid hard or hot foods that might hurt your teeth. Some dentists suggest to not eat for a few hours until the numbness in your mouth wears off so you don’t bite your cheek or tongue.

A root canal does not kill the tooth, and after a root canal is complete, the tooth will be able to function as it normally does. However, root canals do remove the nerves inside the tooth, but these nerves serve very little function in a fully formed tooth.

Waiting too long to get a root canal can oftentimes result in tooth loss. This generally occurs when the root of an infected tooth has gone untreated for so long that results in bone loss. Many times with severe furcation, it might be too late for a root canal and the tooth would need to be extracted.

A crown after a root canal depends highly on the location of the tooth in the mouth— teeth towards the back of the mouth like molars and premolars are needed more for chewing, and generally require crowns, where incisors or canines which aren’t needed for chewing don’t always require crowns.

If left untreated, the infection in the tooth can spread to other parts of the body, and in some cases can even be life threatening. If you are in need of a root canal, the infected pulp in the tooth needs to be removed.

Most root canals can be done in one to two appointments. The first appointment is the procedure itself when the infected pulp is removed. The second (and maybe third) appointment is when the root canal gets cleaned and filled with a crown or other filling to prevent infections. Each appointment lasts roughly 40 minutes each.

After a root canal, make sure to follow all of your endodontist’s instructions, which most often include avoiding hard or especially chewy foods, brushing twice a day, and being very cautious around the area where the root canal procedure was completed.

It is always better to maintain a healthy, natural smile whenever possible, and root canals allow for just that. Extracting and then replacing a tooth results in more treatments and procedures, and could even impact neighboring teeth and supporting gums.

Although you will most likely be numb for 2-4 hours following the procedure, most patients are able to return to work directly following a root canal. However, it is advised against eating until the numbness is completely gone.

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or email to
contact @fmsdental.com

to book your appointment and for more information

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