Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

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    AHealthwise answered
    Because a root canal removes the pulp inside the tooth, the tooth becomes more fragile and may break more easily if it is not covered with a crown or cap.

    A root canal needs to be done as soon as possible to avoid a severe infection, which can damage the bone surrounding the root of the tooth and infect other teeth.

    If you have a severely decayed or infected tooth, you may not want to go through the expense and discomfort of a root canal and crown fitting. Instead, you may choose to have the tooth removed (extracted). The space can be left open or restored with a fixed or removable bridge.

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    ASteven Bornfeld, Dentist, answered
    The chief risk of root canal is that it can fail. When root canal treatments fail, sometimes the problem is easily detectable on x-ray -- a missed canal, a perforated root, or inability to clean all the canals all the way to the tip of the root. Sometimes root canals fail for no apparent reason -- that is, no apparent reason until the tooth is extracted and a fracture is found on the root that may not have been seen on x-ray.

    Extra care before, during and after root canal treatment can minimize the chance of a failed root canal. However, no procedure or treatment works 100% of the time -- regardless of the degree of care.

    Some people claim that retaining root canal-treated teeth can cause illness and infection in remote parts of the body. With the exception of the examples given by the other doctor answering this question (chiefly artificial heart valves and artificial prosthetic joints), this claim (known as the focal infection theory) has been discarded (very long ago, in fact) and should not be a concern.
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    A root canal is needed when tooth decay is likely to cause permanent damage to the pulp or has already done so.

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    If you've recently had a root canal and are experiencing pain, swelling, bleeding or other problems with your teeth, you should contact your dentist. Regular checkups -- one to three -- are also needed following the procedure. A root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort.
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    During a root canal, your dentist will remove the diseased pulp from your tooth. Following that, your dentist will then clean and seal the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth. They do this because if the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed. A root canal can help restore your tooth and your smile!
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    AWilliam M. Litaker, Dentist, answered
    Before root canal treatment an x-ray will be taken of your tooth. Your tooth will also be numbed with a dental anesthetic. A small rubber shield will be placed over your tooth to keep it clean and protect you from the small instruments that will be used during the root canal procedure. Talk to your dentist if you need a root canal.
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    A root canal procedure often involves from one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp) removes the diseased pulp (the soft tissue of a tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue). The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed.

    Here's how your tooth is saved through treatment:
    1. First, an opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
    2. The pulp is then removed. The root canal(s) is cleaned and shaped to a form that can be filled.
    3. Medications may be put in the pulp chamber and root canal(s) to help get rid of germs and prevent infection.
    4. A temporary filling will be placed in the crown opening to protect the tooth between dental visits. Your dentist may leave the tooth open for a few days to drain. You might also be given medicine to help control infection that may have spread beyond the tooth.
    5. The pulp chamber and root canals are filled and sealed.
    6. The temporary filling is removed and the pulp chamber and root canal(s) are cleaned and filled.
    7. In the final step, a gold or porcelain crown is usually placed over the tooth. If an endodontist performs the treatment, he or she will recommend that you return to your family dentist for this final step.
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    APaul Epstein, Dentist, answered
    If there is an infection associated with the tooth because the nerve of the tooth has degenerated or the nerve is in an irreversible state a root canal will enable the body to heal the infection so one can keep the tooth in a healthy state. 
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    AStephen H. Hook, Dentist, answered
    Every dentist licensed to practice in the USA has been trained to do root canal therapy. Many dentists refer patients needing endodontic (root canal) therapy to specially trained dentists called endodontists. Endodontists normally have two extra years of training in a university setting and may see dozens of patients each month who require root canal treatment, while a general dentist may treat only a dozen patients a year who need root canals.

    As a personal choice, I and many dentists like me will treat patients needing root canals when the situation is less difficult than ones requiring specialist care. The final decision to elect specialist care should be the patient's choice made in consultation with their general dentist who is most familiar with their individual situation.
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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    There are several possible complications of a dental root amputation. The main complication is that the tooth might later need to be extracted (removed). A dental root amputation is performed when one of the roots of a tooth is damaged, but the rest of the tooth is not. The goal of the procedure is to remove the damaged root while stabilizing the rest of the tooth so it can remain in place. If the tooth is not stable enough after the dental root amputation, it might need to be removed. If the area becomes infected, that might also result in the loss of the tooth.

    Another complication is that the surgeon could damage nearby teeth during the procedure, or make a small hole in the sinus if the surgery involves an upper molar. As with any dental surgery procedure, there’s always the possibility of bleeding, swelling, and pain after the procedure. If any of these seem excessive, contact your endodontist.