Root Canal Therapy
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a sequential treatment that is often necessary when a cavity is present. Cavities can be present with no symptoms or can be accompanied by a toothache or tooth pain.
Also known as “endodontic therapy,” a root canal is prescribed when there is a threat of infection and the tooth needs protection before it’s contaminated. At Gadkari’s Dental Clinic we specialize in root canal therapy and have been relieving patients’ pain for many years now.
TYPES OF ROOT CANALS
The teeth in the front of the mouth are used to cut food, and these are single-rooted teeth with single canals, usually. The teeth in the back of the mouth that are used to chew food have two, three, or four roots, usually, and the same number of root canals. The back teeth will categorically require a dental prosthesis, whereas the teeth in front may not need one.
Recent studies have shown that the best time to treat a tooth with a root canal is before the infection has spread to the bone. So be sure not to delay your procedure if the dentist has already recommended a root canal.
WHEN DO YOU REQUIRE ROOT CANAL THERAPY?
An infected tooth can cause a severe toothache and should be treated immediately. If it isn’t, a tooth may stop functioning and require extraction. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact us for a consultation:
Tooth infection and decay
Minimal or severe toothache pain
Swelling and irritation in the gum tissue
Cracked or chipped tooth
WHAT DOES THE ROOT CANAL THERAPY PROCEDURE INVOLVE?
Root canal therapy is done to remove all kinds of infections from the tooth. We usually suggest about two visits for the completion of the therapy. During the first appointment, we remove the infected material and all abscesses are drained.
The root canal is cleaned and shaped for a filling. A temporary filling is put in and left to settle. During the second visit, we once again check for traces of infection. If none are found, the tooth is permanently filled.
THE USE OF CROWNS
As the teeth age, they often become more vulnerable to fracture, especially those in the back of the mouth that are responsible for chewing. After a root canal, the tooth must receive a crown, which helps protect the newly treated tooth from unwanted stress and damage. The crown will ensure that the root canal lasts as long as possible.
At times, the patient may come to the clinic with a tooth that has already been root canal treated but continues to be painful or infected. In these cases, the root canal treatment has to be repeated to eliminate the infection.
If any old crown (cap) is present, it is removed, The old filling material on the tooth is removed to gain entry into the root canals. The old root canal filling is removed. The canals are cleansed thoroughly to remove all the infections A new root canal filling is placed. The access cavity is filled with cement.
A new crown is made after ensuring that the tooth is comfortable.
If for some reason, an infection persists at the root tip in spite of conventional root canal treatment, it may be necessary to clean out the infected root tip surgically to remove all the infection.
The tooth and surrounding areas are anesthetized. A small opening is made near the tooth by reflecting the gum tissue away from the tooth.
The infected root tip is removed. A small filling is placed at the root tip to seal it. The opening in the gum is closed.