Root canal treatments
A very popular way to save a tooth is root canal treatment. As scary as it may sound, your dentist is only trying to save a diseased or damaged tooth in the best way possible. The treatment could last for about two sittings or more. But it goes a long way in helping retain your natural tooth.
A tooth has hard enamel, beneath which is a hard layer called dentin. A soft tissue called pulp makes up the blood vessels and nerves, and this lies under the dentin. An endodontic treatment such as root canal becomes inevitable when the pulp is inflamed, or infected. Tooth decay, repeated dental procedures, crowns that are faulty, or cracked teeth could be reasons behind an inflamed pulp. Even damage that is not obvious to the naked eye could infect the pulp and warrant treatment.
How do they do it?
A completely developed tooth can survive without the pulp, living off of the nutrition from tissues that surround it. A root canal treatment will have your dentist remove the infected or inflamed pulp, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned thoroughly and disinfected. This void is then filled with rubber-like material, and covered with a crown or filling to protect the tooth. Once the treatment is done, the tooth will be functional just as before. It appears just as natural as it used to, and it can bite into any foods, just like old times!
While many myths surround the root canal treatment, one question lingers. Can the treatment be gone ahead with even when there is pain?
If your tooth is warranting a root canal treatment, it is bound to be extremely painful. Once you visit the dentist, you will be prescribed antibiotics that will certainly bring the pain down, and it will also work on the infection. However, it will not eliminate the pain entirely. Your treatment will anyway be done under anesthesia, and so, the pain shouldn’t really be a hindrance.
However, before you get on with the root canal treatment, it is advisable to get your blood pressure and diabetes levels checked so as to determine whether the procedure is safe enough to be carried out.
And yes when it comes to the treatment, never stop with just the antibiotics. Always follow up with an appointment to extract the tooth. Infectious tooth conditions can spread, and can also be life threatening.
A root canal would be terminated if there is a fracture in your tooth. And this may render the treatment incomplete and faulty. A curved root could also bring down the effectiveness.
What happens after?
Little to no pain can be expected after a root canal. Pain could also peak in a day and gradually reduce. Soreness is another obvious outcome of the treatment. Sometimes, it could also be slightly sensitive. It is important to follow up on the treatment if your dentist has recommended it.
Last updated on 12 April, 2018.