Root Canal Treatment
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a form of treatment used in cases where the nerves in the tooth are damaged due to reasons such as loss of function, caries or trauma.
In this treatment, the nerves in the tooth are removed, the channels in the tooth roots are shaped, the microorganisms are cleaned and finally the cleaned channels are filled with the filling method.
What are the Reasons for Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure that is applied before the tooth is completely lost and makes the tooth reusable. The reasons for the application of root canal treatment are;
- Gum diseases,
- A blow to the tooth, to the jaw,
- Inflammations caused by advanced caries in the tooth,
- There may be reasons such as wrong orthodontic treatments.
How Can You Understand That Root Canal Treatment Is Necessary?
- Sensitivity to cold and heat in your teeth
- Pain, tingling during or after eating
- Pain in the tooth for no reason
- Swelling on the face with the formation of an abscess in the tooth
In some cases, none of the above symptoms may be seen. It can be understood that root canal treatment should also be applied in a dental examination for a different reason or for a control.
How make is root treatment?
How long the treatment will take depends on the condition of the tooth. While there are teeth that can be treated in one session, there are also teeth that can be treated in more than one session.
The processes of treatment are;
- First, anesthesia is applied to the tooth so that the patient does not feel pain during the treatment.
- In the second stage, the caries in the tooth is cleaned and the inflammation is cleaned. Nerves and tissues in the canal are cleaned.
- The canals reaching the root of the tooth are widened.
- If it is a tooth that can be treated in a single session, the enlarged canals are filled with a special filling method in the first session.
- For teeth that will be treated in more than one session, at the end of each session, appropriate drugs are given to the tooth and temporary filling is applied to ensure faster healing.
- When it comes to the final stage, the treatment is completed by applying the final filling to the tooth.
Things to Consider During Root Canal Treatment
If your treatment will end in more than one session, there are some points you should pay attention to between sessions.
You should not eat hard foods with your treated tooth until you go to the next session. The hard foods you eat can cause the temporary filling in your tooth to fall out.
Again, you may experience pain in your tooth until you go to the next session. When you feel pain, you can go to your dentist and ask for a dressing.
How long can the treated tooth be used?
A tooth with successful treatment can be used for a lifetime. However, you should still be careful that the tooth does not rot or become infected.
After Root Canal Treatment
You should not apply pressure to the area of your tooth for a few days after the treatment. You may feel pain when you press it. However, this pain is temporary. It disappears within 1 week. If it does not go away within 1 week or the severity of the pain increases, it is recommended to consult your doctor again.
Repeating Root Canal Treatment
Generally, the treatment applied under the right conditions results in success. However, in some cases, unclean nerve tissue may remain during the treatment process, the filling applied to the canal may not be sufficient, and as a result, microorganisms may enter the canal again.
An unsuccessful root canal treatment; After the treatment, it manifests itself with symptoms such as pain when eating, unexplained pain, persistent swelling and redness in the area of the tooth. Root canal treatment is applied again to the tooth showing these symptoms. In case the retreatment is insufficient, the infection is cleared by surgical methods.
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