Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to the dental pulp (living tissue containing the vascular-nerve package) and the tissues surrounding the tooth.
Pulp in the tooth (living tissue containing the vascular-nerve package) may become inflamed for various reasons or become infected with the establishment of microorganisms. In this case, the pulp tissue should be removed, the canal cavity should be cleaned, shaped and filled with tissue-friendly canal filling materials. These procedures are defined as root canal treatment.
In Which Cases Root Canal Treatment Is Applied
- Recurrent caries under tooth and filling
- Damage and inflammation in the pulp as a result of deep restorative work
- Prosthetic treatment of crowded teeth
- Pains starting with hot and cold sensitivity in the tooth
- Pain that awakens you from sleep at night
Why is root canal treatment done?
It is carried out to ensure that all the infected teeth with painful inflammation that can be lost due to caries or trauma are cleaned and that all the infected parts remain in the mouth for a long time, and to prevent further treatments that will force you both financially and morally due to tooth loss.
The tooth remaining with root canal treatment in the mouth will continue to help chew as your own tooth, but at least it is dead in that area, in this way, it will also prevent the melting of the jaw bones with the bone in that area remaining active.
How long is the life of a tooth with root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a treatment that is made to prevent tooth extraction and gives the tooth its last chance. As a result of a canal treatment performed under suitable conditions, the tooth can function in the mouth for a lifetime. However, teeth with root canal treatment may be more fragile than natural teeth.
Things to consider during root canal treatment
Do not use your teeth to chew hard foods between root canal treatment sessions. Your teeth may be broken because there is a temporary filling in your teeth. You may have pain complaints between sessions, consult your doctor for dressing. There may be swelling in your face between sessions. There is nothing to worry about. This is a reaction caused by microorganisms and is corrected with dressings.
What happens after root canal treatment?
After your root canal treatment is over, the inflammation in the natural tissues will take a few days, so you may have pain when you press it on your tooth. During this period, you should not be burdened with that area. After a while, your complaint will disappear, if necessary, you can use pain medication recommended by your physician. If this situation does not go away and continues to increase, consult your physician on this issue. Since the teeth undergoing root canal treatment lose their vitality, their flexibility decreases. Therefore, the risk of breakage is very high afterwards. For the most appropriate restoration that will allow you to use this tooth for a long time, please consider your dentist's recommendations. If there is no excessive loss of material on your root canals filled tooth, it is necessary to make normal filling, if there is excessive loss of material, porcelain filling (inlay) is required to support your remaining tooth walls and prevent them from breaking in the future. If you have no tooth wall left, it is best to make a post that is supported by your root canal and crown coating on it.