Root Canal Treatment
If you are about to have the first root canal treatment, you might be quite anxious about the whole thing, especially considering all the stories floating around. Well, do not worry – everything will reveal in this step by step root canal treatment. Understanding what will happen before time is over half the battle; You’ll soon learn that it’s really nothing about anything.
Let’s begin by scattering a common myth: the treatment of root canals does not cause pain – it relieves!
At the root of everything
- Normal pulp and root canal.
- A cross section of the healthy tooth with a normal pulp (with nerves and blood vessels) and root canals.
- Infection due to tooth decay.
- A cross-section showing the infection of tooth decay spreading in the pulp and the bone at the end of the roots.
Some antecedents will be valuable. As you will notice in the illustrations, the space inside the tooth, called pulp chamber, houses the root system and the pulp – the living tissue that keeps the vital tooth (alive). The pulp involves blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues, and, during childhood, creates the hard tissue surrounding the tooth.
Endodontic treatment (“endo” – inside, “do not” tooth), commonly referred to as root canal therapy, required when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. The causes could be deep tooth decay, repetitive dental methods on a tooth (replacing large filling, for example), or a traumatic injury such as a crack, chip or root fracture. Gum disease can lead to root canal problems requiring root canal treatment.
Any of these problems can lead to acute inflammation of the pulp, which causes swelling and pressure inside the tooth (which has nowhere to go), leading to dental pain and, ultimately, Irreversible damage to the pulp. Once the pulp dies, the pain can subside initially, sometimes to return as an acute (painful) infection spreading in the periapical tissues (“peri”, around the apex), especially the bone. It could also become a chronic (long-standing) infection with symptoms ranging from mild to severe.
In general, irrespective of a root canal or pulpal disease, root or endodontic treatment will be required to save the tooth. All dentists receive training in the endodontic treatment and can perform root canal procedures, but often a general dentist will refer people who need endodontic treatment to an endodontist, a root canal specialist.
We have experienced endodontists who help with the diagnosis of dental pain; Mainly they focus on saving teeth. In order to make a proper evaluation and accurate diagnosis of the affected tooth and exactly what causes the pain, a thorough history and examination are required, along with an X-ray (radiographic) image of the tooth or area.
Our endodontist will check the current medical history and medications to ensure your health and safety of the treatment. If you are very nervous, an oral sedative or anti-anxiety may be helpful.