What Is A Root Canal?

What Is A Root Canal?

A routine root canal treatment is not painful, contrary to common opinion. Before the treatment begins, you are given a large dosage of local anaesthetic and plenty of time to ensure that it has worked. If the ‘pulp’ (the soft center that fills the tooth and root canals, securing the tooth securely into the jawbone) becomes infected, a root canal operation may be required. In most circumstances, this isn’t an issue because the pulp of a developed tooth may be securely and easily extracted. However, diseased pulp can harm the bone surrounding the tooth, resulting in a painful abscess. Root canals are performed on infected teeth to keep them from being extracted and to avoid the need for dental implants. The Root Canal is removed from the tooth, and any secondary infections are treated before the empty canals are filled and sealed to prevent further infection. There is no reason why the tooth shouldn’t endure the rest of your life if it is thoroughly recovered following the root canal treatment, avoiding the need for any future dental operations. If a root canal is not performed or the infection is not detected early enough, the tooth may need to be pulled to avoid infection and relieve pain. As a result, it’s critical to recognize the symptoms of infected teeth so that you can seek treatment as soon as possible. It can be difficult to detect an infection in the pulp of your tooth because it doesn’t always hurt. The following are some warning signals to keep an eye out for:

When you bite down or touch and pull the teeth, it hurts.

  • Heat sensitivity has increased. Cold sensitivity that lasts longer than a few seconds
  • One of your teeth is swollen.
  • Painful or non-painful discoloration
  • A tooth that has been shattered or damaged.

How Long Does A Root Canal Take?root canal treatment built up with post

A root canal can usually be performed and completed in one visit. However, in some more serious cases, you may need several sessions to completely clear the illness. This is most common with crooked teeth or those with curving root canals that are more difficult to identify, clean, and fill.

In most situations, a completed root canal will necessitate the placement of a crown, especially on chewing teeth. The placement of a crown will aid in the restoration of the tooth’s strength and prevent it from shattering under strain. Because each crown is built to order for each patient, it takes a few days for our laboratory to complete the work. During this time, we will cover the tooth with a temporary crown to prevent infection. The entire procedure should take no more than a week, and you will be able to return home without needing any additional treatment.

Existing Root Canal Treatment

We are frequently asked to perform work on a root canal that has already been treated. This is a one-of-a-kind therapy option that may be required for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Because the area was not sufficiently sterilised after treatment, germs grew and the tooth re-infected due to contact with oxygen.
  • Additional complications can arise if the side of the tooth was accidently punctured during the procedure. When the root canal is crooked or difficult to identify, this is frequently the case. While the instruments are flexible and may bend to fit the canal, they can occasionally cause a small hole in the side of the tooth when they bend.
  • Re-infection can also occur if a canal was missed or not completely cleaned and sterilised. It can be difficult to detect the canals within the teeth, and if a canal or an offshoot is not found and cleaned out, the infection will persist, requiring the surgery to be repeated.
  • The worst-case scenario is that a file used during the treatment breaks and the file’s tip remains lodged in the tooth. It is normally possible to leave this component in the tooth and complete the surgery; but, if the tooth is not cleaned adequately, the piece may develop infection and will need to be removed.

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