Endodontics is the specialization of dentistry that deals with the pulp or dental nerve. Endodontic treatment, also called root canal treatment, is an effective solution for treating and preserving teeth. Indeed, it is the solution to preserve a necrotic tooth, presenting an infection or having significant damage caused by tooth decay or trauma.
Root Canal Treatment - Signs and Symptoms
Certain signs and symptoms may appear, indicating that you may need a root canal:
- Severe pain in the teeth
- An abscess on the gums
- Swelling of the gums with or without tenderness
- Pain caused by pressure on the tooth (chewing, for example)
- Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, even after the heat or cold source has been removed
From time to time, no signs and symptoms may appear, which is why it is important to have regular follow-up with your dentist.
In more complex cases, it may be recommended by your dentist to consult an endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist specializing in root canals. He took advanced training to become an expert in endodontics.
Root canal treatment - procedure
Root canal treatment is the process of removing infected or damaged tissue inside the crown and roots of a tooth, and is usually done in one or two appointments.
If you have a severe infection, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics before the procedure.
After the infected tissue is removed and the tooth is cleaned to the tips of the roots, the dentist seals the tooth with a filling. Depending on the remaining structures of the tooth, it is generally recommended to make a ceramic or porcelain crown over the treated tooth. This strengthens the tooth and thus decreases the risk of fractures in the future.
Complete recovery from endodontic treatment will take from a few weeks to a few months. Sensitivity may be felt during the first days after the procedure.
Teeth that have undergone endodontic treatment retain the same susceptibility to dental decay as other teeth. It is therefore important not to neglect your oral hygiene and to have regular follow-up with your dentist.
Root canal treatment alternative
The only alternative to root canal treatment is unfortunately tooth extraction. Extracting the tooth causes several problems such as moving adjacent teeth and less effective chewing. In order to avoid these undesirable situations, it is recommended to replace the extracted tooth. The preferred choice for replacing the tooth is the dental implant. There are also other solutions such as dental bridges and removable partial dentures.
By opting for root canal treatment, you avoid much more expensive restorations such as an implant or a bridge. This is the most economical way to maintain your tooth, but also your oral health.
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