Root canal treatment is not as horrible as you think

Root canal treatment is not as horrible as you think

In order to take a look at the complications and causes of root canal treatment, it is important to first know what root canal is. It is the space within the root of the tooth. This space within the root of the tooth consists of the pulp chamber, the main canals and the complex anatomical branches.

Human teeth have one to four root canals. This depends on the anatomy of the tooth; molars, for example have two to four canals, premolars have one to two root canals, and incisors usually have one canal.

Root canal therapy or endodontic therapy is the procedure by which the pulp in a tooth is removed from the tooth, leaving the tooth dead. The root canal treatment is done when tooth decay or cracking or any other factor is likely to cause or has caused severe infection to the pulp of the tooth.

The common reasons for root canal treatment are:

Tooth decay can be very severe and after damaging the tooth enamel, it can start affecting the inner structures of the tooth and eventually the pulp. When the pulp is infected by the tooth decay, it can cause excruciating pain and throbbing. Removing the pulp from the tooth to give relief to the patient from the pain is the only option left for the dental expert in such situations.

When a tooth becomes damaged, fractured, chipped or broken due to physical trauma,? the inner nerves of the tooth become easily exposed, this condition can then be very painful for the patient. Since the tooth will not grow back? the pulp of the tooth can be removed, leaving the tooth as it is, but without feeling or pain.

Sometimes a tooth might be dying slowly. This can be due to old age or due to physical trauma which did not require an endodontic treatment at the time of the trauma. In this situation, root canal treatment can be performed as well.


The root canal treatment involves a number of procedures. First of all, the tooth in question would be numbed by applying local anesthesia. This would make the root canal treatment painless for the patient. After applying the local anesthesia, the following procedures would be performed:

An x-ray would be taken of the tooth. This x-ray is referred to by the dental expert during the procedure.

A rubber dam is placed in the mouth so that the area of treatment remains free of saliva and completely dry. This rubber dam is made up of latex or non-latex materials. It also effectively prevents the other chemical solutions used by the dentist during the treatment to enter the mouth.

Tiny files are then used by the dentist to extract the nerve from the tooth. Sometimes, the dentist might require another x-ray at this point to determine the length of the root. The entire nerve and pulp tissue should be removed properly otherwise it can cause infection and? toothache later, and in such situations, the tooth would have to be extracted or retreated.

After removing the pulp tissue completely, a filling would be used to fill the space created. This filling is most usually gutta percha. This is a kind of rubber material which is used widely for sealing the inside of the tooth.

Usually, the dentist also places a dental crown on the particular tooth. This is done because the tooth becomes brittle over time, since the tooth lacks blood and nerve supply, and this can crack the tooth. The dental crown prevents the cracking of the tooth later on.


Related articles.

Displaying 1 to 5 of 26

Diabetes and Oral Health

Diabetes is a national crisis causing a myriad of health problems. However, many don’t realise how diabetes can put you’re oral health at risk too. Having uncontrolled diabetes impairs the ability to fight bacteria in the mouth. High blood sugar encourages bacteria which results in gum disease. Diabetes can make you more susceptible to fillings and fungal infections and make it harder to fight off infections. 

.... read more

Dental hygiene – is it worth it?

Or perhaps more accurately we should be asking – how long do you want to keep your teeth for?

Finances are tricky for most people ordinarily and certainly so in today’s tough economy. However most people continue to respond to the consumer-orientated environment and prioritise their money for the things or activities that they particularly enjoy. Therefore, they are looking to cut back on the things which they don’t deem so important. Sadly, a visit to the hygienist seems to be one of those things which people find easy to cut out. The consequences of this are widely either misunderstood or ignored.

 

.... read more

500Miles4Smiles

This began as a personal challenge for Christina, walking 20 miles a day over the course of National Smile Month. She then wanted to expand on the idea and “500 miles for 500 smiles” was born. Christina feels passionately about improving the oral health and well-being of her community, widening the access of care for everyone.

.... read more

National Smile Month 2014

In a nutshell, National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign. Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month promotes three key messages, all of which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth. 

.... read more

Do you have a strange taste in your mouth?

People often face the problem of strange or abnormal tastes in the mouth. Initially they think that they have been eating tasteless foods, but later on, they recognize that the problem is not with the foods, but in fact with the tongue!

.... read more

 

Oral Health by Regions

     

Oral Health Knowledge Base

     

Glossary