What is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of diseases related to the dental pulp, which is the bundle of nerves and blood vessels responsible for preserving and nourishing teeth.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
The outermost layer of teeth is called enamel, and beneath it lies the yellow dentin layer. Inside the tooth, there is a tissue known as the pulp, which consists of nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissues, and provides vitality to the tooth. Through root canals, the pulp extends all the way to the root tips and connects to the body’s main nerve-blood vessel system. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp from the root, the development of the root canals, and filling the space with filling material.
Do I Need to Get Root Canal Treatment?
If there is inflammation or infection in the pulp tissue of your tooth, root canal treatment is necessary.
When is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
Root canal treatment may be necessary if:
- Tooth decay has progressed deeply.
- Your tooth has been damaged due to incidents like impacts, falls, or accidents.
- There is a fracture or crack in your tooth.
- An advanced gum issue has developed due to untreated gum problems.
How Can I Tell If I Need Root Canal Treatment?
If you experience sensitivity or pain in your teeth when consuming sugary, hot, or cold foods,
- If you have unexplained toothache, especially at night,
- If you feel throbbing pain while eating,
- If your tooth’s color has started to change, prompt intervention is crucial. After this stage, your tooth cannot heal by itself; a dentist’s intervention is necessary.
How is Root Canal Treatment Performed? Is it Painful?
Root canal treatment is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Once your tooth is numb, all decayed tissue, including the pulp (nerve-blood vessel tissue), is removed from the tooth. The root canals are then cleaned and expanded, and they’re filled with filling material. Finally, the tooth’s structure is restored using a composite filling, onlay, or porcelain crowns.
How Long Does Root Canal Treatment Take?
Root canal treatment is usually completed within one day and takes around one hour. If there’s an abscess in your tooth, additional medical treatment might be needed, which could take a few sessions to complete.
Is There Pain After Root Canal Treatment?
It’s normal to experience sensitivity for about a week after root canal treatment. During this period, you can use pain relievers recommended by your dentist.