It is the treatment performed to eliminate the infection in cases where the nerve and vascular structure of the tooth is infected.
Pain is not always felt in the early stages of infection. In some cases discoloration on tooth may occur. This discoloration may be the indication of that the tooth nerve is dead or infected.
Why is root canal treatment needed? In the presence of infection in the pulpa, it can spread to other areas through the canal system. Abscess may occur in the later stages of the infection. Pain, swelling and temperature increase can be seen in the abscessed teeth. You may feel pain when you press on it while eating. If root canal treatment is not performed on the teeth with infection in the pulpa, the infection may spread and this can lead to tooth extraction.
Is root canal treatment a painful procedure? Root canal treatment is a painless procedure applied by numbing with a local anesthesia to the related tooth and the area.
How long is the life of a tooth with root canal treatment? If the tooth cleaned up to the root tips is filled with correct technique and biocompatible material, the duration of the tooth in the mouth will be the same as other teeth.
How is root canal treatment applied? Generally, if there is no lesion in the first session, decayed tissue is removed. The canal is opened and the infected pulpa is cleaned. The canal is shaped and filled. In the presence of an abscess or lesion, the canal is opened and closed with temporary filling. The treatment is completed in the second session.
May infection occur again in root canal treated tooth? Usually, re-infection does not occur after a successful treatment. In case of re-infection, root canal treatment can be repeated. This process is called retreatment.
What happens if I don't get treatment? If you don't want to be treated, you have no choice but to have your tooth pulled out. However, any dentist wants to pull out a tooth that can be saved with root canal treatment. The first choice of dentists is to save the tooth and ensure to continue its functions. Your first choise also should be to save your teeth.
Root canal treatment is generally to remove the nerves of the tooth. It is the process of cleaning the nerve tissue in the middle of the tooth which ensure the vitality of the tooth and filling the channels.
If the materials used during root canal treatment are not cleaned sufficiently from the tooth, the tooth color may change in time. Because of that, we recommend you to have your canal treatment done by a specialist dentist.