Root canal or endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, severe toothache upon chewing, prolonged sensitivity/pain, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
During root canal or endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection.
Endodontic treatment helps you to save the tooth, eliminate the pain and infection, so you can continue eating the foods you love. This treatment can be done in single visit, but most of cases need multiple-visit for better result. This treatment has more than a 90% success rate, but not every infected / non-vital tooth is indicated to be treated. The successful rate also depends to the case, like the remaining tooth structure, size of the infection/damage and final dental restoration.
Root canal treatment can be done in single visit or multiple visit, but mostly this treatment will need multiple visit (at least 2 visit).
Equipment : Dentsply, Canada
Appointment required : ± 3 visit (depend on the case)
Days required : at least 5 days (depend on the case )
- Intraoral examination and X-ray
The dentist will examine the teeth and do the X-ray to make a diagnose.
- Remove tooth’s nerve
The dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth, and then remove the nerve from the root canal. If the tooth is still vital, it will need anesthesia.
- Shaping and Clean the root canal
The dentist will make sure to shape ,clean, irrigate the antibacterial liquid until the tip of your canal.
The dentist will medication inside the tooth and put temporary filling. This medicine will works inside your tooth for 5 – 7 days. In some case, the dentist will give you prescription too.
Second Visit ( 5 – 7 days after first visit )
- Check tooth’s condition
The dentist will check your tooth’s condition, If there is no pain and everything is good, the treatment can be finished in this visit.
- Remove temporary filling
The dentist will remove the temporary filling, then clean and irrigate your root canal.
- Obturation and permanent filling
The dentist will dry out your canal, then put gutha-percha ( canal’s filler material) and give you permanent filling.
Note : this treatment may need more visit, it is depends to the cases and tooth’s conditions.