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Root Canal Treatment
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were usually pulled. But today, a tooth can often be saved through root canal (endodontic) treatment.
Endodontics (en-do-DON-tics) is the branch of dentistry that deals with treating diseases or injuries to the dental pulp. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canal and other endodontic treatments.
Diagram of a Healthy Tooth
What happens if the dental pulp is injured?
The pulp is soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, treatment is needed. The most common causes of pulp inflammation or infection are a cracked or chipped tooth, a deep cavity or filling, or other serious injury to the tooth. All of these can allow bacteria to enter the pulp.
Why should the pulp be removed?
If damaged or infected pulp is not removed, the tissues around the root of the tooth can become infected. Pain and swelling often result. Even if there is no pain, bacteria can damage the bone that holds the tooth in the jaw. Without treatment, the tooth may have to be removed.
Removing a tooth can create problems
When a tooth is removed and not replaced, the teeth around it may shift. This can make biting and chewing difficult and may make it harder to clean your teeth. Areas that are not cleaned well are more likely to get gum disease.
Root canal treatment can prevent these problems by saving your natural tooth. Also, root canal treatment is usually less expensive than a replacement tooth.
What does treatment involve?
Root canal treatment may involve one or more dental visits. Your dentist or endodontist will perform the necessary steps to save your tooth:
- First, your tooth is numbed for your comfort. A thin sheet of latex rubber is placed over your tooth to keep it dry. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.
- The tooth’s nerve, or pulp, is removed from the pulp chamber and root canal (the space inside the root). Each root canal is cleaned and shaped so it can be filled.
- Your dentist may place medicine in the pulp chamber and root canal to help get rid of bacteria.
- The root canals are usually filled with a rubber-like material to seal them.
- A temporary filling is then placed in the tooth to prevent contamination of the root canals. You might be given antibiotics if the infection has spread beyond the end of the root(s). If your dentist prescribes medicine, use it only as directed. If you have any problems with the medicine, call your dentist.
- During the next stage of treatment, the dentist removes the temporary filling and restores the tooth with a crown or a filling to strengthen it and improve the way it looks. If an endodontist performs the root canal treatment, he or she usually recommends that you return to your general dentist for this step.
|Tooth decay can cause an abscess (infection).||The decay is removed and an opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber.||The pulp is removed and the root canals are cleaned and shaped.|
|The root canals and pulp chamber are filled.||A metal or plastic rod or post may be placed in the root canal to help retain the core (filling) material, which supports the restoration (crown).||The tooth is then restored with a crown or filling.|
What materials are used for the crown?
Crowns can be made from several materials. The type chosen depends on where the tooth is located in your mouth, the amount of natural tooth left, your preferences and your dentist's judgment about what is best for you.
How long will the restored tooth last?
When properly restored, a tooth with a root canal filling can last for many years. But, like any other tooth, it can become decayed or fractured or the tissue around it can get gum disease. Daily cleanings and regular dental exams will help keep your mouth healthy, whether you’ve had root canal treatment or not.
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How much does a root canal cost?
A root canal can relieve pain, help save your tooth, and get you back to smiling and eating again.
Root canal cost will vary based on the location and condition of the affected tooth. Putting off a root canal, however, can lead to more expensive dental procedures down the road or the permanent loss of your tooth.
Saving your natural teeth is usually the first plan of action as they’re often better at biting and chewing than replacement teeth such as dentures or bridges. When a natural tooth is pulled but not replaced, the teeth around it may shift, making it more difficult to bite, chew, and to clean your teeth well, which can lead to gum disease.
Advances in Dental Care: What’s New at the Dentist
Are you behind on your dental visits, and now you’re being driven in by a toothache, other dental problems, or guilt?
If so, be prepared -- not for a lecture from your dentist -- but for discovering that there is a host of new options to keep teeth healthy and beautiful.
Here are some of the newer dental care procedures and techniques that leading dentists are bringing into their practices.
Improving Dental Health: How High-Tech X-Rays Can Help
In some dental offices, digitized X-rays (think digital camera) are replacing traditional radiographs. Although digital X-rays have been on the market for several years, they have recently become more popular with dentists.
Digital X-rays are faster and more efficient than traditional radiographs. First, an electronic sensor or phosphor plate (instead of film) is placed in the patient’s mouth to capture the image. The digital image is then relayed or scanned to a computer, where it is available for viewing. The procedure is much faster than processing conventional film.
Your dentist can also store digital images on the computer and compare them with previous or future images to see how your dental health is being maintained.
And because the sensor and phosphor plates are more sensitive to X-rays than film is, the radiation dose is significantly reduced.
Digital X-rays have many uses besides finding cavities. They also help look at the bone below the teeth to determine if the bone level of support is good. Dentists can use the X-rays to check the placement of an implant -- a titanium screw-like device that is inserted into the jawbone so that an artificial tooth can be attached.
Digital X-rays also help endodontists -- dentists who specialize in root canals -- to see if they have performed the procedure properly.
Lasers for Tooth Cavity Detection
Traditionally, dentists use an instrument they call the "explorer" to find cavities. That's the instrument they poke around with in your mouth during a checkup. When it "sticks" in a tooth, they look closer to see if they find decay.
Many dentists are now switching to the diode laser, a higher-tech option for detecting and removing cavities. The laser can be used to determine if there is decay in the tooth. The dentist can then choose to watch the tooth, comparing the levels at the next visit, or advise that the cavity be removed and the tooth filled. - WebMD
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