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Through root canal treatment or endodontics it is possible to remove the internal nerve of the teeth when they have been affected by an infectious process without extracting the tooth.
A root canal procedure consists of removing the infected tissue that is lodged in the tooth.
When the dental pulp is irreversibly affected, it must be removed. Then it is necessary to clean the entire tooth inside and fill it to avoid infections in the future. In this way the healthy natural tooth is preserved without extracting.
When is a root canal treatment necessary?
The dental nerve or pulp can become inflamed or infected in the presence of dental cavities and dental trauma such as fractures.
This inflammation or infection has the following characteristics:
- Sharp pain
- Extensive cavities
- Color change in teeth
- Presence of lesions seen on x-rays
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1.What is a root canal procedure?
A root canal treatment is the procedure completed when the dental pulp or dental nerve affected by advanced cavities or any exposure to the pulp that causes pain. During this treatment infection is removed, tooth canals are thoroughly cleaned and sealed with special durable material.
2. Why choose a root canal procedure?
When the dentist indicates that infected tooth can be saved, a root canal treatment should be carried out since this prevents the infection from progressing and the pain disappears.
3. How do I know if I need a root canal procedure?
Root canal procedure is indicated when:
- Sharp tooth pain
- Dental fractures
- Extensive cavities
- Inflammation of the gums and / or dental pulp
- Oral abscesses
All this will be evaluated by an endodontist (a dentist that specialises in root canal treatments) or your regular dentist who has extensive experience with these procedures through a clinical and radiographic examination.
4. Should I follow any instructions after the procedure?
Yes, after a root canal procedure the dentist may prescribe medications to reduce discomfort and continue to control the infection.
In addition, the dentist will indicate how to restore the rest of the tooth. It is highly recommended to have the crown placed over remaining structure of affected tooth after root canal therapy. This cup will re-enforce the tooth and save it from breaking.
5. Who performs root canal procedure?
Root canal procedure should be performed by an endodontist or an experienced dentist.
6.How long does this procedure take?
The time will depend on each particular case, generally 1 to 2 hours. Depending on the degree of the infection or the complexity of the case, up to 3 sessions may be necessary.