What is root canal (endodontic) treatment?
A root canal houses the pulp inside a tooth. The pulp is a tissue that contains blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. The endodontic treatment is needed when the pulp is inflammed or infected. Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment is beneficial for chewing naturally, being able to clench the teeth to bite and having an aesthetic appearance.
How do I know I need root canal treatment and how painful is it?
Decay, gum disease and injury are the leading causes of pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or crack.
In addition, treatment is also needed when there are complications from previous dental procedures or fillings. Patients generally need treatment when they start experiencing sensitivity in their teeth, in reaction to hot or cold drinks and environments.. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
The feeling is similar to getting a tooth removed. Anesthesia is administered on patients to make it less painful and patients may feel sensitivity and discomfort on the the site for a few days.
How long does a root canal take and what is the cost?
It’s very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances.
Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting and chewing with ease in no time.
The degree to which the tooth is affected determines the cost of the procedure. Having a dental insurance makes it easier to bear the cost.
Apparently tooth extractions cost more than endodontic procedures. Other factors that contribute to the cost of these procedures include; the technology being used and the specific regions in the country where the procedure is to take place.
Which is better root canal or extraction?
Sometimes tooth extraction is the best way to deal with a recurring problem, especially if tooth is damaged by decay and injury. But the extraction should be considered last resort. Natural teeth are best.
It is not accurate to say extraction is the best choice because situations are peculiar to every patient. It is wise for the dental customer to consult specialists before deciding on a tooth extraction.
Also, patients have to consider replacing the extracted tooth to avoid long-term problems such as teeth-shifting or changing the patient’s face profile. This may have profound financial and psychological strains on the patient.
Root canal treatment steps
An x-ray image of your tooth will be taken to check whether or not you need root canal treatment. This can help to show how far any decay has spread, if there is an abscess and how many root canals your tooth has.
Having a discussion about what the endodontic procedure is going to involve is very important, especially administering of local anesthesia to prevent pain and to keep the patient awake during the procedure.
After the endodontic procedure
Discolouration of teeth is experienced, but this is getting less frequent with new and improved technology. However, the discolouration can be treated.
After the root canal treatment, the entire teeth must be taken care of brushing regularly and before bed to affect re-infection and other complications.