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What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is often performed to treat a tooth that has infected or dead pulp tissue, or the tooth is badly decayed. During root canal treatment, the nerve and infected pulp tissues are removed, then the inside of the tooth, called the pulp chamber, is cleaned, and shaped and finally closed with a filling.

How to understand you need Root Canal Treatment:

The pulp of a diseased tooth can cause inflammation or infection. Some of the signs that a tooth may need root canal treatment are:

  • Heat sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to cold that lasts longer than a few seconds
  • Pronounced pain when biting or chewing
  • Loosening of the tooth
  • Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
  • Swelling of the face
  • A discolored tooth with or without pain
  • A broken tooth

What can harm the tooth pulp?

An untreated cavity is a common cause of pulp infection. Caries erodes the enamel and dentin of the tooth until it opens into the root canal system. It allows bacteria to infect the pulp. Infections inside the teeth do not respond very well to antibiotic treatment. The inflammation caused by the infection restricts the blood supply to the tooth, so antibiotics in the bloodstream can hardly reach the infection. The reduced blood supply also limits the pulps’ ability to heal itself.

Why Choose Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is the last possible option to save your own teeth. Protecting your natural teeth also helps you avoid more expensive and extensive treatments, such as implants or crowns. It is always better to protect your natural teeth if possible.

If you have a pulp infection, you may not feel any pain at first. However, if left untreated, the infection causes pain and swelling. In some cases, an abscess form. Eventually, the tooth may need to be pulled out. If one tooth is missing, the teeth next to it may fall out of line and be overloaded. If an infected or traumatic tooth that requires septic necrosis ignored, not only will you lose the tooth, but the infection can also spread to other parts of your body.

Expectation after root canal treatment

In the first few days after the Root Canal Treatment is completed, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation. Especially if there is pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort can usually be controlled with painkillers. Most patients can return to normal activities the next day. Until your root canal procedure is finished, you should minimize chewing on the treated tooth. This step helps to prevent re-contamination of the inside of the tooth and can also prevent a fragile tooth from breaking before the tooth is fully restored. When it comes to oral health care, brush, and floss as you do regularly.

Root canal treatment is quite successful. The procedure has a success rate of more than 96%. Most of the teeth with root canal treatment will last as long as you have permanent teeth. In addition, since the last step of the root canal procedure is a restoration application such as a crown or filling, it will not be obvious that a root canal treatment has been performed. Although the pulp is removed, your tooth remains alive by feeding from the surrounding tissues.

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