We would all like to have healthy teeth for life. But to achieve this goal, we must take great care of our diet and oral hygiene. If we do not take care of our teeth, we can suffer from cavities that in many occasions require endodontic treatment to be cured.
Therefore, in this post we are going to talk about what a root canal is, what it consists of and why a dental root canal is performed.
What is a dental root canal?
Endodontics is a necessary treatment when the pulp, commonly known as the nerve, becomes inflamed or infected.
This is a very common treatment in a dental clinic. The objective of a dental root canal is to preserve the diseased tooth, maintaining oral functionality and oral esthetics.
The dental pulp is a connective tissue found in the innermost area of the tooth and is formed by blood vessels and nerves.
This is located inside the pulpal cavity, a space inside the tooth that is small in size. Therefore, if you suffer an injury, necrosis can occur and be almost irreparable.
And endodontics is one of the most commonly used treatments in our dental clinic in Granada, when tooth decay reaches the innermost part, the dental pulp.
In addition to deep caries, there are other causes of infection or inflammation of the dental pulp:
– Endoperiodontal lesions.
What does endodontics consist of?
A dental endodontic treatment consists of removing the pulp of the damaged tooth, cleaning and preparing the inside of the tooth and finally sealing that space in a three-dimensional way.
If a root canal is not performed in time, the nerve can cause severe pain and even severe infection of the tissues surrounding the tooth.
Dental endodontic treatment can be performed in a single session. Although, as we always say, each case is different, so depending on the case, two or more sessions may be necessary.
The dental endodontic procedure may consist of:
Diagnosis and analysis of the treatment: The first thing to do is to visit our dental clinic in Granada so that our specialists can analyze your case. In this way, a rigorous diagnosis will be established in order to design a personalized treatment plan for your case.
2. Extraction and elimination of the pulp: Access is gained to the interior of the pulp cavity to perfectly extract all the damaged tissue from the tooth.
3. Cleaning of the ducts: The ducts are cleaned perfectly to eliminate the infection and so that they can be sealed without problems.
4. Sealing and obturation: After cleaning the cavity, it is time to seal and plug the opening. The canals must be well molded and the tooth must be properly filled. Finally, the tooth must be perfectly sealed.
5. Periodic check-ups with your dentist: After the procedure, you will have a series of check-ups at our dental clinic in Granada with your dentist. Thus, we will be able to assess whether the procedure has been effective and that your dental health is no longer at risk.
Why do I have to have a root canal?
When you have to have a root canal, it is mostly due to deep cavities. This is when your teeth can become sensitive to cold, heat or chewing.
You could even develop a phlegmon or fistula if you don’t go to your dentist in Granada when you should.
If that decay is treated in time, the dentist may choose to give you a dental filling, or, as it is commonly known, a filling. This is a more conservative, preventive, simple and fast procedure.
However, if the cavity is not treated in time and progresses to the innermost part of the tooth, affecting the dental pulp, is when you should resort to endodontics, in order to prevent the oral disease from continuing to cause you problems.
Therefore, one of our main recommendations is to go to the dentist at the slightest sign of infection or dental problem. In this way, treating caries in its early stages will be much simpler and faster than if the infection progresses in the tooth.
Frequently asked questions: Does root canal treatment hurt?
One of the most frequent questions we are often asked at our Dental Clinic in Granada is whether root canal treatment hurts.
Nowadays, very effective and long-lasting local anesthetics are used, so pain should not appear. When the endodontic treatment is finished and the anesthesia has worn off, some discomfort may appear for a few days.
Of course, depending on the state of nerves or tranquility in which you find yourself when undergoing a root canal, it will influence the onset of pain. The procedure is more uncomfortable than painful.
Do you need endodontic treatment?
In Cervantes Dental Clinic in Granada we care about your dental health, so we advise you properly to treat your specific case.
As we have said, each of us is different, so our case is different. For this reason, personalized and attentive service is our daily routine.
Smile is a universal language. Come to our dental clinic in Granada and we will advise you. First appointment free of charge!