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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    A root canal usually involves one or more visits to the dentist. Before treatment begins, your tooth will be numbed for comfort. Then the dentist will put a thin sheet of latex rubber over your tooth to keep the tooth dry. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber. The tooth's nerve or pulp is then removed from both the inside of the pulp chamber and the root canal -- the space inside the root. Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so that it can be filled. Medicine may be placed in the pulp chamber and root canal to get rid of the bacteria.
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    When the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased, root canal treatment is necessary. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Then, your tooth may have to be removed. 
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    Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. By undergoing a root canal, you are "saving" your tooth. During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

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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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    Root canal treatments are used to find the cause and then treat problems of the tooth's soft core, otherwise known as dental pulp. Pulp provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth by running 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. During a root canal treatment, the dentist removes the pulp, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Your dentist  then places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger and protect it.

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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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    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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    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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