Root canal treatment is used to save a tooth which is very decayed. It involves the removal of damaged or infected nerves and tissue from the root of the tooth.
The roots usually become infected due to a large cavity which eventually infects the pulp in the tooth and then the tissue inside the roots. The dentist cleans out the roots, before applying a filling. As a result, the tooth is “dead” but it can continue to function. Dead teeth may turn grey, and the dentist may recommend a crown or post and core treatment.
Teeth that have severe damage to the pulp and nerve tissue, but can be saved
Most dentists will recommend root canal treatment rather than removing a tooth, as it is important to preserve natural teeth whenever possible
ABOUT ROOT CANAL
Average length of stay abroad: 2 - 5 days.
Some patients need 2 appointments, for example if the tooth has several roots. Patients may also stay longer to have a custom post and core or crown fitted.
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To check for suitability for a root canal procedure, the dentist is likely to X-ray the affected tooth, and perform a pulp test to check the tooth for a healthy response.
BEFORE ROOT CANAL ABROAD
After establishing that a root canal is necessary, the dentist will numb the area and cover it with a rubber dam to prevent infection and keep the area dry for the duration of the procedure. The dentist will then make a small hole at the top of the infected tooth and the pulp is removed from the chambers and canals of the tooth. The chambers and canals are widened to provide sufficient room for a root canal filling, and then the tooth is filled. For patients requiring two appointments, in the first sitting, the tooth is hollowed and a temporary filling is fitted, at the second appointment, the permanent filling is fitted.
Root canal fillings use a range of materials, and the specific materials used vary from clinic to clinic. The most typically used materials include tooth sealant, zinc oxide-eugenol, resins, calcium hydroxide and glass ionomers. Most commonly used materials for the obdurate include solids, semi-solids and pastes, depending on the type of cavity.
The Root Canal takes 2 to 4 hours.
It can take some time to clean out the roots of a tooth and if the root has many, eg. 3 to 4 roots, it might require 2 sessions of several hours.
HOW IT IS PERFORMED
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Post procedure care
Patients should avoid eating solid food on the tooth.
Swel Tenderness in the tooth and jaw is normal for a few days after root canal treatment, and the treated tooth is likely to feel different from the other teeth for a longer time after treatment, but this will eventually subside.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER ROOT CANAL
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ROOT CANAL
Root canal treatment is often performed when there is an infection in the root.
The tissue in the root is cleaned out and replaced with a filling.
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Structural damage to the tooth