Root Canal Treatment
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A root canal that is particularly complex may be carried out by a root canal specialist, or a root canal dentist.
A root canal treatment is usually performed when you have teeth that are infected or badly decayed. It would usually require 2-3 visits at several different stages.
The planning stage is the very first step. Your dentist will have to take X-rays so they can examine the site, and begin to understand the extent of the damage giving them an idea of how long the entire dental root canal procedure will take. However, there are instances when your dentist may not be able to get, precisely, the extent of the damage, until they actually look at the roots themselves despite having the X-ray. Your teeth can hide things because of its extremely complex root system, do not be surprised if the damage is more extensive than what your dentist expected.
Preparing for the Procedure
Upon assessment, by the dentist, of the x-rays, a local anaesthesia will be used to numb your tooth. To keep everything sterile a dental dam is put around the damaged tooth, and to allow you to swallow normally during the procedure and to make sure that tools and debris don’t fall into your throat.
Working on the Tooth
A hole will be drilled by the dentist in the top of the tooth or at its rear of a front tooth, once the area has been numbed completely. The diseased pulp and nerve tissue that are in and around the tooth and its root system will then be cleared away. The files are also used to widen the root canals so they can be filled more easily.
If there is an abscess in the area, it will be drained at the same time for the complete removal of any infected tissue from around the tooth.
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Cleaning the Tooth
The inside of your tooth will be cleaned by the dentist with an antibacterial solution. It will then be repeated several times to ensure that the tooth is as sterile as possible.
It will be at this point that your dentist will stop if your root canal treatment can’t be completed in one visit, it will be filled with antibacterial solution and have a temporary filling applied. This will protect the tooth until your next visit.
The Actual Root Canal Treatment
It is at this stage of your treatment that your dentist will heat thermoplastic until it softens and is ready for the next stage. A thermoplastic is an extremely malleable plastic material when heated, and it can be used to fill the hole in your tooth that the root canal left behind. It must be filled down to the roots to avoid further infection, and it requires precision on your dentists’ end.
After the tooth has been filled, a normal filling is put over the top to seal the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment Crowns
Your dentist may suggest a crown as protection for your tooth, because a treated tooth will never be as strong as the original, and is prone to decay and damage.
Root Canal Pain Relief
Root canal treatments nowadays are extremely effective and should be almost completely pain free because of the anaesthetic. There may be some pain and gum swelling once the effects of the anaesthetic wears off, and a dose of ibuprofen is an ideal root canal pain treatment.
Root Canal Treatment Price
The price of the treatment will vary depending on the complexity of the procedure, and on whether you have a crown attached to the tooth. You can be given a better idea of how much the root canal procedure will cost once your dentist has all the information about your condition.
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