Root Canal Treatment

Surgeries

What is the Root Canal Treatment? (Endodontic Therapy)


Root canal treatment is a dental operation performed to clear the infection at the root canals of teeth, preventing reinfections and bacterial overgrowth. The procedure is painless and can be completed in less than an hour. Root canal treatments are extremely effective and beneficial when it comes to saving the natural tooth and preventing any further necessities of treatment.

To narrate through the procedure briefly, after applying local anesthesia, an endodontist (qualified dentist who specializes in the issues regarding the dental pulp) will clear the infection and inflammation on the root canals and sterilize the infected root canal, then seal the canals with the dental filling material. Dentist determines crown restoration following root canal treatment. It is determined by the amount of hard tissue that remains intact in this tooth. This treatment can be either composite filling restoration or veneer crown.

Root canal treatment is a prevalent and preferred treatment amongst the patients who are experiencing tooth pain and other complications (like swelling, loose teeth, discoloration, sensitivity etc.), mostly because the treatment is able to keep the tooth intact for years. When a patient has undergone a successful endodontic therapy (root canal treatment), it means that the dental pulp is extensively cleared, sterilized and sealed, thus it cannot cause any further discomfort. Even though the dental pump is considered "dead" after a root canal treatment, the remaining tooth structure can still properly function over the course of many years.



Why is it needed?


Root canal treatment is required when the inner structure of the tooth gets infected. Commonly known as a dental pulp, this structure encapsulates connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves, hence when it gets infected it causes pain, swelling and discomfort. In a situation of dental pulp infection, the tooth itself is at risk, so in order to eliminate any discomfort and save the tooth, an endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) is needed.

Most prevalent symptoms of a pulp infection are:
• Increased tooth sensitivity
• Swelling on the gums
• Severe Toothache, especially when biting and chewing
• Discoloration (Darkening) of the tooth and gums
• Abscess on the jawbone
• Tenderness and recurring bumps and pimples on the gums,
• Cracks and caries on the structure of the tooth

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a comprehensive dental examination is needed to identify the problem. Generally a dental X-Ray will enable an endodontist to diagnose a pulp infection and evaluate the necessity of a root canal treatment.



Procedure


On your first visit to Periodonta, our expert dentists will examine the mouth and teeth holistically to pinpoint any kind of problems/diseases threatening your oral and dental health. Advanced technological scanning tools like a dental tomography, or an X-Ray could be utilized in this phase in accordance to the necessity of the patients situation. Usually after a dental X-Ray an endodontist could evaluate the necessity for the root canal treatment. If necessary an optimized treatment plan will be crafted by our specialists with emphasis on the patients wants and needs.

On the day of the treatment , you will be given local anesthetics as a first step to numb the area of operation, for a painless procedure. When the local anesthesia is in effect, an endodontist will make a tiny incision on the top of the tooth structure to reach and operate on the "root" of the teeth. Then, he or she will clear the area of infection and remove the infected dental pulp, by using specialized tools. When the root canals of the teeth is cleared and sterilized, the root canals and the center of the tooth is sealed by a filling material. This protects the structure of the tooth from any form external and internal damages and ensures a successful healing process. A dental crown may be fitted at the end of the procedure depending on the aesthetics and functionality of your tooth.

In order to have a quick recovery and avoid any unwanted complications, the patient should follow the instructions of the operating endodontist. There may be a slight ache and soreness on your tooth and gums, notwithstanding prescribed counter-pain medications should be able to eliminate any substantial discomfort. After the procedure, the patient can move along with his/her daily life and use the operated tooth properly in a few days. At last keep in mind that the follow-up appointments are substantially important to evaluate the efficiency of the treatment and the final situation of the tooth, hence the patient should attend them for a proper recovery.



Cost


The price for the root canal procedure can vary in accordance to the situation of the teeth and infection, furthermore depending on the type of the teeth and how many roots (canals) it possesses. In general, a root canal treatment on a tooth with 2 or 3 roots costs slightly more than a tooth with 1 root. It's relatively hard to estimate a price without any consultation, yet Periodonta offers a Free 2-Minute Cost Estimation Quiz to provide an accurate price estimate for our patience. After completing the Quiz, you can directly consult our specialists through phone, message (Whatsapp, Telegram, Viber etc.) or even a video call.