A root canal is the immediate solution to the painful discomfort caused by nerve involvement.
Our priority is always the patient. Both for health and pocket. So, the first thing we do is try to keep all the natural teeth and only extract parts, if needed. Endondontics is a conservative treatment to prevent the removal of a tooth.
Keeping your teeth is our priority, and for this, in a case of pain or significant destruction of tooth, before removing it, we use the technique of root canal. When a cavity has seeped into the pulp chamber, where the dental nerve is housed, and the only medical alternative is extraction of the nerve to keep the piece in place. The purpose of this treatment is to keep teeth and function. In cases of deep decay or a blow to the teeth, the pain would have us believe that the solution would be to remove the piece, but cleaning and disinfection of tissues could be prevent this from happening.
Also, if caught early it is easier to treat, since in this case the dentist will clean the tooth and apply a metal or porcelain coating. But in other cases, tooth decay reaches the pulp, which is the tissue found under the white enamel and dentin called the hard layer, becoming inflamed and infected.
Usually, when you feel pain or excessive sensitivity to heat or cold, swelling and discoloration or discomfort in the gums it is because the pulp has a problem.
IN this case, go to the clinic and our Doctors with his team can assess the problem and treat it.
What are the treatment steps?
First of all, the endodontic specialist will examine the tooth and perform an X-ray. Specialist will then proceed to the application of local anesthesia, to then mount a protective film on the area isolating the tooth and keeping it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.
Following the endodontic specialist will make an opening in the crown of the tooth. This will begin to clean the pulp and ducts. It is performed using a very fine instrument, thus opening crown with small curds extracting the infected pulp.
After that, the procedure is to prepare the space for sealing and for filling the canals with a biocompatible material having the property of binding with the tissues. This material, called gutta percha, is inserted with adhesive cement this ensuring the absolute sealing of the ducts. After this process, the patient must undergo another session for placement of a porcelain or metal sheath called embedding to protect the tooth bringing it back to full function.
In the event that the tooth does not have the necessary structure to retain a restoration in place, the specialist will have the option of implementing one or several posts within the patients’ mouth giving firmness.
Endodontics is less expensive than a tooth extraction being that in the case of an extraction, an implant or dental bridge should be placed. In addition the treatment is almost painless. Local anesthesia allows access to the inside of tooth, nerve removal, disinfection of area and sealing of the ducts so that in another session the patient can receive the indefinite filling of the tooth.
After a root canal, the specialist will tell you when you can return to normal biting or chewing with the affected tooth. When the treatment is over the patient should maintain good cleaning habits with proper brushing, flossing and regular cleanings.