Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy
A root canal removes the diseased or infected part of the tooth, and it removes the nerve from a severely broken tooth, allowing the tooth to be saved. You may need a root canal if you have a severe toothache, usually along with swelling in your jaw around your tooth.

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    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.
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    The best alternative is extraction and then placing a dental implant. In some cases this a more predictable outcome than doing the root canal. Most dentists are taught to preserve the tooth as all costs. Make sure the root canal that you and your dentist are planning is straightforward and has a good prognosis. Don't gamble by allowing "heroic dentistry" to be performed in your mouth. Before considering the root canal, always ask for the predicted outcome of both the root canal and the dental implant. That way you will have made an informed decision that better serves your oral health for the long term.
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    Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. If you are still experiencing pain weeks after a root canal, contact your dentist right away. You may need follow-up treatment.  
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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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    For most root canals only a local anesthetic is needed to numb the tooth. Anxious individuals may be given a tranquilizer prior to treatment. If there is a lot of infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Generally ibuprofen or tylenol is all that is needed after a root canal. For more involved root canal procedures your dentist may prescribe a pain medicine.
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    Your restored tooth after root canal therapy could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However, regular checkups are necessary. As long as the root(s) of a treated tooth are nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy.
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    Be sure to advise your dentist if you are experiencing pain, swelling, bleeding or other problems following a root canal. Regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. 

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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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    The best way to prevent the need for Root Canal Therapy is to keep your teeth clean and healthy with proper tooth brushing and flossing after all meals. When you cannot do this after snacks, at least rinse your mouth out with plain water. Some people keep pocket tooth brushes and floss with them to use when it is convenient during the day. Secondly, make sure you see your dentist for dental check-ups and cleanings at the recommended time intervals. Eating healthy foods that that do not promote tooth decay is also an essential element in preventing dental decay. Finally, follow all your dentist's recommendations regarding preventative care and treatment.

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    Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.
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