Everything about Root Canal Treatment Procedures
Root canal treatment is one of the dental procedures that work in saving adult teeth. Even while teeth are built to last a lifetime, it is not always the case. Teeth get damaged through different circumstances. While some deal with tooth decay, some battle with frequent external impact.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
It is a dental process that involves the removal of the central part of a tooth. The central part of a tooth is called the pulp chamber. The chamber houses the soft tissues of the tooth, including blood vessels and nerve endings.
When a tooth incurs damage, it tampers with this part of a tooth. This, then, results in severe toothaches and sometimes migraine headaches. The process of removing the pulp contents of a tooth is also called endodontic treatment.
Treatment Steps Involved in The Dental Work
This dental work is different from all others. The process is intricate and requires keenness in detail. The steps involved include the following:
- Sedation – local anesthesia is used to numb the area of the affected tooth. This numbs your mouth from the pain that comes with a damaged tooth. Besides, sedation will allow you to stay calm on the dentist’s chair.
- Drilling – the endodontist drills an access hole on your tooth. This hole allows your endodontist to access the central part of your tooth.
- Cleaning – the infection and bacteria present in the inside are cleaned out. While at it, the contents of the pulp chamber are removed. The nerve endings and blood vessels of the tooth are not mandatory for the survival of the tooth. Usually, they are necessary for the growth and development of teeth. Once a tooth is fully mature, it can survive without the blood vessels and nerve endings.
- Reshaping the roots of teeth – the endodontist might have to reshape your roots. If abscesses had built up, they could damage how the roots of your teeth look.
- Sealing – it is necessary to seal the access hole created. The tooth is first filled to replace the emptied pulp contents. Special dental cement is then used to bond a dental crown or deny filling over the surface of the tooth.
What Causes You to Need The Treatment?
Before you consult a dentist near you, you cannot determine that the treatment is best suited for you. Your doctor has to properly examine your teeth before recommending the treatment. In most cases, a general dentist will refer you to an endodontist for the treatment, after diagnosis. Endodontists are trained to recognize the layers of teeth. Therefore, they are proficient in removing the contents of the pulp chamber effectively.
That said, some situations merit the endodontic treatment, including the following:
- Dental decay – the decay process begins with a mere cavity on a tooth. Given room, the cavity manifests into something bigger. The cavity hole becomes the access point for food residue, bacteria into the tooth. They then start spreading the infection to the root of the tooth. By this time, you are already experiencing toothaches caused by the infected pulp chamber. An endodontist will work to get rid of all the infection and the bacteria causing it. Further, he/she will remove the contents of the pulp to free you from the pain thereof.
- Hypersensitive teeth – a tooth that is too sensitive could mean that the nerves are damaged. Dr. Yongfeng Wei has worked with many patients with such problems. Since the nerves are responsible for sensitivity, removing them reduces the hypersensitivity of your teeth.
- Broken or cracked teeth – if you have a crack on one of your teeth, it is not enough to deem it a cosmetic challenge. Sometimes the crack can cause damage to the pulp chamber. This applies also for broken teeth.
- Impacted tooth – impact on teeth results from external pressure. A blow on your face, for instance, can impact your teeth. For some patients, the impact may not even cause external damage to the tooth. However, if you are experiencing high levels of pain on that tooth, it could be an indication of damaged nerve endings.
The recovery time of endodontic treatment in modern dentistry is faster than ever before. The sensitivity and discomfort of your tooth will only last a couple of days. Consider over-the-counter drugs to help alleviate some of your pain.