When is root canal treatment required?

With proper care and maintenance, a treated and restored tooth as a result of root canal can last a lifetime. Below are few precautions to ensure a healthy and longer post-root canal tooth:

  • Ensure proper hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth regularly as this could help care help prevent against future problems.
  • Seek regular consultation and advice from your dentists and hygienists for proper cleanings and examinations.
  • Chewing or exerting tooth on hard substances such as ice, beer crown etc. can break the teeth and harm the root canals. 

How a root canal is performed: step by step

Root Canals

Saving and restoring the natural tooth to its original and healthy state is one major concern every individual always has to contend with, especially by those with inflamed or infected pulps. It is against this growing concern that a root canal treatment procedure becomes necessary as it not only saves the tooth from extraction but also helps restore the proper function. It will help with the root canal pain. For one who has visited a dentist is required to undergo a root canal, below are the few steps to expect: -

  • X-ray: - the first step to take by a dentist is to check for the precise location of the decay on which a root canal is to be performed. This is done through the use of an x-ray or in some cases by examining an existing x-ray result.
  • Anaesthesia: - some local anaesthetics will then be administered to the affected tooth. This is meant to serve a relief to pain that could be experienced during root canal treatment. Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is in no way more painful and discomforting than filling.
  • Pulpectomy: - this is the process of creating an opening as well as removal of the affected tooth pulp.
  • Filling: - this process involves the cleaning of the root from which the diseased pulp is removed, filling with gutta-percha material and subsequently sealed off with cement.

A healthy tooth is essential to a happy life. It not only helps in the proper nutritional activities of chewing but also creates happiness through the instrumentality of a beautiful smile. A bad tooth is however an undesirable but sometimes unavoidable occurrence probably because of an accident. When this occurs, the desire to save the healthy smile or maintain proper feeding activities that a healthy tooth will aid is the reason why people seek restoration. Of the entire surgical restoration processes available, root canal is the most preferred to save the original tooth from pulp decay and damage.

As a result of injury or a severe and untreated cavity, the pulp within the tooth can be exposed to bacterial and microbial infections which subsequently results in damage. In order to save the original tooth from extraction, root canal thus becomes the best possible alternative.

Tips for care after a root canal

What to expect during a root canal

Root Canal as a Process in Dental Treatment. Preventing Teeth Extractions 

Performing a root canal involves a four step procedure: -

  • The administration of local anaesthetics to numb the tooth and reduce the pain that could be experienced.
  • The dentist will then create a small opening at the top of the tooth in other to give way for clearing of the damaged pulp after which an antimicrobial solution will be applied to kill the remaining bacteria in the tooth and reduce the risk of further infection.
  • Filling of drills made in the previous stage takes place at this particular stage with the help of a temporal filling material called gutta percha.
  • After a few weeks with the gutta percha, a permanent crown will then be placed on the treated tooth for the tooth to return to its normal and original functioning.

Dara Kimia D.M.D.         Herbert Schneider D.D.S.

Daniel Herrera D.D.S.     Brock J. Lorenz D.M.D.

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