Root Canal Treatment
Endodontic treatment, commonly referred to as root canal therapy, is needed most when a major infection invades a tooth’s pulp chamber. If left untreated, infection will destroy the nerves and the tooth will eventually die off.
To save the tooth, our experienced dentists remove the infected pulp located within the inside centre of the tooth, which is made up of specialised dental cells, nerves and blood vessels. The tooth is then cleaned and sealed with a filling or crown to further protect against infection.
Why could it happen?
Nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the tooth.
What are the signs that I need a root canal treatment?
if you are experiencing severe toothache upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain to heat and cold temperatures (after the stimuli as been removed), discoloration (darkening) of a tooth (caused by trauma), swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums and a persistent or recurring fistula on the gums.
What happens if I don’t get the treatment?
The most common often happens If untreated infected tooth is will feel painfully and if it continues without treatment, the pulp becomes infected by bacteria (caused by decay or trauma) it will begin to die and become infection. The infection it self spreads down into the root canal all the way past the end of the roots of the tooth and may lead to the development of a painful dental abscess (a pus-filled swelling). The swelling may also spread to other areas of the face, neck or head. A hole can occur through the side of the tooth (pimple) with drainage into the gums or through the cheek with drainage into the skin. If a root canal treatment is not done, the tooth may have to be extracted.
How long will the procedure take and will it be painful?
A root canal treatment may require multiple visits depending on each case. On the first appointment an X-ray is taken to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are any signs of infection in a surrounding bone. Your dentist will then use local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth. Anesthesia may not be necessary, since the nerve is dead, but most dentists still anesthetize the area to make the patient more relaxed and at ease.
What will I be feeling after undergone a root canal treatment?
After initial treatment, usually an amount of pain that was felt before will be diminished and you might instantly feel better. The treated tooth is commonly very tender to touch, you should not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored because your tooth could fracture. Any discomfort usually subsides in a couple of days, improvement will be gradual. The treated tooth, injected sites as well as soft tissue will probably feel sore and tender.
Will I have a new tooth after RCT done?
It depends on the remaining tooth structure. Final restoration could be a simple filling, inlay/onlay (stronger&longer lasting alternatives to traditional fillings) or even a “crown”. Sometimes your dentist will put a “post” in those teeth which have extensive portions of natural tooth structure missing to build up the height of the tooth using dental filling material that will hold the crown.
Endodontic retreatment describes a dental root canal procedure that is carried out on a tooth that has previously had root canal treatment. For this reason it is also called “repeat root canal treatment”.
One reason for endodontic retreatment is failure of the initial endodontic procedure: Recurrence of symptoms, infection such as dental abscess may occur.
RCT may fail for many reasons:
- Curved or narrow canals were not treated during the initial treatment.
- Complicated canals went undetected during the initial treatment.
- New decay can expose a root canal filling material, causing infection.
- Unproper or loose filling or crown can expose the tooth to new infection.
Once endodontic therapy is completed your tooth should be examined periodically, usually every 6 – 12 months. This allows us to make sure the tooth has healed or is healing properly. Since an abscess may take 2 years to heal, our office will reevaluate the tooth for at least 2 years.
Is retreatment the best choice for me?
Retreated teeth can function well for years, even for a lifetime. It’s always best to save the tooth if your dentist believes retreatment is the best option for you.
Advances in technology are constantly changing the way root canal treatment is performed, so your dentist may even be able to use a new technique that was not available when you had your first procedure. If your tooth has unusual anatomy that was not cleaned and sealed during the first procedure, your dentist may be able to resolve this problem with a second treatment.
Of course, there are no guarantees with any dental or medical procedure. Your dentist will discuss your options and the chances of success before beginning retreatment.
What are the alternatives to retreatment?
The only alternatives to retreatment are having the tooth extracted or having it treated surgically.
The extracted tooth can then be replaced with an implant, bridge, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and to prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Because these options require extensive surgery or dental procedures on adjacent healthy teeth, they can be far more costly and time consuming than retreatment and restoration of the natural tooth.
We strongly encourage you to contact D2C Dental Care immediately if you are experiencing any signs of infected tooth pulp:
- Tooth pain when biting or chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages
- Loosening of your tooth
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums
- Constant, unprovoked toothache or pain
- Secreting puss or an abscess on the suspected tooth
- Difficulty sleeping
- Cracked or discoloured teeth
In the past, root canals were synonymous with acute pain. The good news is that today new technology allows endodontic treatment to be performed virtually pain-free. If you act fast and receive treatment in time, you could save your tooth and reverse existing damage. Your treated tooth can become fully functional again and last for years to come, providing optimal care and oral hygiene is maintained.
At D2C Dental Care we provide new technology root canal treatment with Endodontic motor and also using laser technology to ensure totally disinfectant effect.