Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment involves cleaning and filling of the infected nerves in the canals of the teeth. This can be caused due cracks and fractures in the tooth, which leads to loss of nerve and vessel vitality. Tooth decay, incorrect dental treatment and restorations are also a few other causes which can lead to the need of root canal treatment.
Failure of early treatment may result in an abscess to form. In time the infection may spread to surrounding areas, this can lead to cysts forming and eventually damaging the jawbone.
How do I know I need a root canal?
Cold-hot sensitivity in your teeth
Pain during the day without any stimuli
If there is pain during and after eating
Colour change in your teeth as a result of unhealthy or dead nerves
Swelling on your face as a result of the abscess forming
In some cases, the treatment may be required following dental and radiological examinations, even if there are none of the symptoms above.
Root canal treatment
With the first anaesthesia, you will not feel any pain.
The decay is cleaned or the broken piece is removed and the nerves of the tooth are exposed.
Nerves and tissues in the root of the tooth are cleaned
The root canal is shaped up to the root tip
Rvg (x-ray) is taken to determine the root canal length.
A dressing containing medicine is prepared and placed to heal the root and root tip between sessions.
Temporary composite will be placed to ensure the medicine can work properly.
At the end of the canal treatment, the canal is filled up to the root tip with specialized root canal filler plastic as well as specialized bonding material to seal the canal completely.
Things to consider during root canal treatment
No food or drinks should be consumed until the anaesthesia wears off.
During the treatment, sticky and hard foods such as nuts and gum should be avoided in the area of the treated tooth. Most tooth fractures are seen between sessions.
The infected tooth must be cared for well so that the temporary filling does not fall off between treatment sessions.
Pain during and after root canal treatment
The patient does not feel any pain as anaesthesia will be performed during root canal treatment. After the treatment, there may be slight pain and sensitivity in the tooth, especially during chewing. It is okay to use a mild anti-inflammatory drug for a few days after treatment.
Thanks to the latest materials and techniques used in root canal treatments, most of the abscesses at the root tip can be treated. and tooth extractions can be avoided.
Antibiotic use in dental infections
Under normal circumstances, there is no need for antibiotics during root canal treatment. However, antibiotics can be advised if the infection is too advanced or there is excessive tooth sensitivity.
Canal filling and filling
Canal filling is the process of cleaning and filling the root canal. The filling process, on the other hand, is the restoration of the crown part of the tooth that is visible in the mouth with composite filling, inlay, onlay or crown, depending on the severity of damage.
Fragility of teeth receiving root canal treatment
As the tooth loses its vitality as a result of root canal treatment, it becomes more fragile. There is also a lot of material loss in teeth during root canal treatment and increases the fragility of it. It is recommended that the tooth is crowned to strengthen it following the completion of the treatment..
The success rate of root canal treatments performed under sterile conditions and correctly is between 90-95%. If there is no nerve tissue left during the treatment, in cases where the root canal filling and top filling are not done adequately, microorganisms leak into the canal, perforation or fractures during the treatment, causing the failure of the root canal treatment. An unsuccessful root canal treatment can be noticed by pain in the teeth, spontaneous pain, swelling and redness at the root tip. The treatment must be repeated. Should this process be insufficient, the apical surgery(root-end resection) method is applied, the root tip is reached surgically, the infection is cleaned and closed