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Dental root canal treatment

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1. What does root canal treatment mean?

 

Root canal treatment, ie. endodontic tooth treatment, is a conservative way of taking care of tooth pulp (nerve) diseases. These therapeutic procedures prevent tooth extraction and allow the tooth to remain in function for a longer period of time. 

 

 

2. What are the indications for the treatment of root canal?

 

Endodontic treatment is recommended for severe infections of the dental pulp inside the tooth. The causes of dental pulp disease can be different. In most of cases, the main cause is tooth decay that progresses deep to the nerve of the tooth. Untreated caries progresses in time through deeper tooth structures and endangers tooth vitality. Also, if a tooth fracture occurs that causes injury and pulp opening, it is necessary to apply root canal treatment of that tooth in order to preserve it.

 

Sometimes it is necessary to do endodontic treatment on teeth that are intended for prosthetic restorations - crowns, bridges and the like. The reason for that is that when grinding a tooth, ie. removing a tooth substance, the very vitality of the tooth can be endangered.

 

 

Symptoms that indicate a disease of the root canal system of the tooth are most often toothache that usually begins spontaneously and lasts for 15 minutes or more, followed by pain on touching the tooth, pain when consuming hot or cold food and drinks.

 

In situations where the infection progresses more seriously, patients may notice swelling in the mouth or face, in addition to pain. It often happens that the disease of the root part of the tooth is asymptomatic. The cause of such a condition is mainly trauma to the teeth (due to improper bite, ie. poorly done prosthetic works and fillings), necrosis and some stages of gangrene. Dental treatment in such situations is necessary. 

 

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3. What does root canal treatment mean and is it a painful procedure?

 

Root canal treatment is performed under anesthesia and is not painful for patients. Endodontic treatment itself, ie. treatment of the root canal, includes mechanical and chemical cleaning of the root canal with the help of various instruments and means intended for that. Before the root canals are permanently filled, they should be cleaned of all infections. Medications are sometimes placed into the canal and pulp chamber to neutralize any infection. The tooth may be left open due to drainage for several days. If the infection has spread beyond the teeth, the dentist will give you a prescription for antibiotics. The goal of endodontic therapy is the complete elimination of bacteria and of their products from the inside of the tooth.

 

After adequate cleaning, the canal system of the tooth is definitely closed with materials intended for that, and subsequently a composite filling (filling) or crown is made on that tooth, depending on the original treatment plan.

 

4. Do I need to visit the dentist several times to treat the root of the tooth?

 

This type of dental treatment usually takes from one to three visits to the dental practice. Before starting the therapy, it is necessary to make the image of the tooth in order to determine the degree of damage. This is a standard procedure when it comes to root canal treatment. If the dentist estimates that the infection is more developed and requires repeted application of the medication in the tooth, you must come several times until the condition of the tooth is completely repaired. Sometimes dental treatment can take several months, but the benefits of a preserved tooth in the jaw are immeasurable in that case.

 

5. Does the tooth intended for the crown have to be treated?


If prosthetic rehabilitation is planned, it is necessary to grind the teeth that will wear future crowns. This removes a certain amount of tooth substance, so sometimes the vitality of the tooth can be endangered. The dentist makes an assessment of whether it is necessary to endodontically treat the tooth that will wear the crown before, so that there would be no consequences after cementing the work.

 

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6. What to do after endodontic treatment?

 

Adequate oral hygiene after endodontic treatment is mandatory. It is very important to clean your teeth at least twice a day with a soft brush and additional products, such as interdental brushes or dental floss. This will also prevent other damage to the oral cavity in the future.

 

Avoid chewing solid foods that can lead to tooth decay and to re-damage of the tooth canal. It is advisable to visit the dentist twice a year for an examination and professional teeth cleaning. With proper care and following the advice of the dentist, the treated tooth can stay healthy.  

 

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Dental root canal treatment

stomatoloski radnici i pacijent u ordinaciji

 

1. What does root canal treatment mean?

 

Root canal treatment, ie. endodontic tooth treatment, is a conservative way of taking care of tooth pulp (nerve) diseases. These therapeutic procedures prevent tooth extraction and allow the tooth to remain in function for a longer period of time. 

 

 

2. What are the indications for the treatment of root canal?

 

Endodontic treatment is recommended for severe infections of the dental pulp inside the tooth. The causes of dental pulp disease can be different. In most of cases, the main cause is tooth decay that progresses deep to the nerve of the tooth. Untreated caries progresses in time through deeper tooth structures and endangers tooth vitality. Also, if a tooth fracture occurs that causes injury and pulp opening, it is necessary to apply root canal treatment of that tooth in order to preserve it.

 

Sometimes it is necessary to do endodontic treatment on teeth that are intended for prosthetic restorations - crowns, bridges and the like. The reason for that is that when grinding a tooth, ie. removing a tooth substance, the very vitality of the tooth can be endangered.

 

 

Symptoms that indicate a disease of the root canal system of the tooth are most often toothache that usually begins spontaneously and lasts for 15 minutes or more, followed by pain on touching the tooth, pain when consuming hot or cold food and drinks.

 

In situations where the infection progresses more seriously, patients may notice swelling in the mouth or face, in addition to pain. It often happens that the disease of the root part of the tooth is asymptomatic. The cause of such a condition is mainly trauma to the teeth (due to improper bite, ie. poorly done prosthetic works and fillings), necrosis and some stages of gangrene. Dental treatment in such situations is necessary. 

 

pacijent u stomatoloskoj ordinaciji
 

3. What does root canal treatment mean and is it a painful procedure?

 

Root canal treatment is performed under anesthesia and is not painful for patients. Endodontic treatment itself, ie. treatment of the root canal, includes mechanical and chemical cleaning of the root canal with the help of various instruments and means intended for that. Before the root canals are permanently filled, they should be cleaned of all infections. Medications are sometimes placed into the canal and pulp chamber to neutralize any infection. The tooth may be left open due to drainage for several days. If the infection has spread beyond the teeth, the dentist will give you a prescription for antibiotics. The goal of endodontic therapy is the complete elimination of bacteria and of their products from the inside of the tooth.

 

After adequate cleaning, the canal system of the tooth is definitely closed with materials intended for that, and subsequently a composite filling (filling) or crown is made on that tooth, depending on the original treatment plan.

 

4. Do I need to visit the dentist several times to treat the root of the tooth?

 

This type of dental treatment usually takes from one to three visits to the dental practice. Before starting the therapy, it is necessary to make the image of the tooth in order to determine the degree of damage. This is a standard procedure when it comes to root canal treatment. If the dentist estimates that the infection is more developed and requires repeted application of the medication in the tooth, you must come several times until the condition of the tooth is completely repaired. Sometimes dental treatment can take several months, but the benefits of a preserved tooth in the jaw are immeasurable in that case.

 

5. Does the tooth intended for the crown have to be treated?


If prosthetic rehabilitation is planned, it is necessary to grind the teeth that will wear future crowns. This removes a certain amount of tooth substance, so sometimes the vitality of the tooth can be endangered. The dentist makes an assessment of whether it is necessary to endodontically treat the tooth that will wear the crown before, so that there would be no consequences after cementing the work.

 

stomatoloski radnici i pacijent u ordinaciji
 

6. What to do after endodontic treatment?

 

Adequate oral hygiene after endodontic treatment is mandatory. It is very important to clean your teeth at least twice a day with a soft brush and additional products, such as interdental brushes or dental floss. This will also prevent other damage to the oral cavity in the future.

 

Avoid chewing solid foods that can lead to tooth decay and to re-damage of the tooth canal. It is advisable to visit the dentist twice a year for an examination and professional teeth cleaning. With proper care and following the advice of the dentist, the treated tooth can stay healthy.  

 

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