Root Canal Treatment
Successful Root Canal treatment has become increasingly driven by evidence-based healthcare. The goal of the treatment is to save the tooth and protect it from future damage or leakage. Often times when teeth become severely damaged because of disease (tooth decay) or trauma (injury), infection can develop inside the tooth.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root Canal treatment is the process of cleaning inside all of the tooth’s intricate canals. This is the portion of tooth that is below the gums.
When a tooth becomes infected through trauma or decay; the pulp tissue, which supplies sensation, becomes compromised. It then becomes necessary to debride and disinfect the canal systems. Or simply to remove all infected tissue. This is done under isolation or rubber dam to prevent any contamination. Often, root canal treatment can be a longer appointment. As it is necessary to spend the proper amount of time cleaning the canals. In some cases, root treatment may take a couple of visits to ensure all symptoms have resolved and the root canals inside the tooth are clean and infected tissue has been removed.
Will My Root Canal Be Painful?
Often the most painful process of the root canal is the initial pain that people feel when their tooth becomes infected. The treatment itself is generally pain free. On rare occasions patients have even been known to fall asleep during treatment! It will however, often be necessary to numb the area where the tooth is located to ensure that there are no sensations or pain.
How Many Visits Root Canal Treatment?
In most circumstances root canal treatment is often separated into two appointments. The first visit involves cleaning and shaping the internal aspects of the tooth. This helps to disinfect and clear any infection. In some cases, after this appointment, because the anti-microbials used as so strong, the tooth itself may be slightly tender for 24 to 48 hours. The tooth is then given a few weeks to settle and allow for the medications to continue to clear any remaining bacteria. The second stage, then involves sealing the internal aspects of the tooth and placing a filling on top of the tooth. In many instances considerations for full coverage either with a large filling or a crown are often discussed to prevent any fracture or cracks in the tooth.
The Skygate Dental team will try to ensure that the treatment is as pain free and minimally invasive as possible.
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