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Root Canal Treatment
A Root Canal Treatment or Endodontic Treatment, is needed when bacteria enters and multiplies through an opening in the tooth’s cavity, leading to infection and forming pockets filled with pus at the tooth’s roots surroundings.
During the procedure the dentist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, and then fills and seals the space with a special rubbery-material called gutta-percha. This prevents any bacteria from entering again. It is an important method used by dentists to save teeth and to avoid unnecessary extractions.
The treatment is usually completed with a filling or a crown cementation on the treated tooth, thus saving the tooth that might otherwise have to be removed completely.
By saving the natural tooth, the natural structure of the mouth and jaw is maintained, allowing you to continue chewing normally. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Although many patients worry that root canal treatment will be painful, new and modern technologies and anesthesia options make such treatments mostly pain-free procedures, specially if treated in early stages.
The procedure stops the spread of infection to neighboring teeth, as the bacteria is removed. Once the bacteria is removed and the tooth is treated, there is no room for the bacteria to spread. By preserving the teeth, the jawbone remains intact, whereas a missing tooth causes jawbone degeneration over the lapse of time.
Microscopic Root Canal Treatment
At German Dental & Neuromuscular Clinic, we perform both, conventional and microscopic root canal treatment. The treatment via A Microscope is useful in assessment of fractures, canal location and confirmation of debridement during treatment.
The use of a microscope facilitates the overall root canal treatment process because endodontists have a better view of the situation. It helps them to enjoy a better, more magnified view of the tooth canal, which facilitates enhanced precision of the treatment.
A root canal treatment is a necessity if your tooth is dying, abscessed, or has decay that reaches into the nerve chamber. We will use certain clinical tests, an x-ray or in some cases a 3D CBCT scan to assess the extent of your dental infection to determine whether you need a root canal treatment or not.
Since root canals are performed under local anesthesia, they aren’t more painful than a regular dental procedure, such as a filling or getting a wisdom tooth removed. It is normal to feel mild discomfort for a few days after a root canal treatment due to the soreness or numbness that occurs after the procedure.
Yes, we certainly recommend to do a dental crown treatment following root canal treatment.
At GDNC we offer on-site CAD/CAM crown technology and equipment, enabling us to provide patients with ceramic crowns in one visit.
It depends on the case but we can say that, typically it takes around three to four days for the pain to subside with the help of over-the-counter medicines prescribed by the doctor. It is also recommended to avoid chewing with the treated tooth until the pain subsides completely.