There is no need to worry if your endodontist or dentist prescribes a root canal therapy for your diseased or damaged tooth. It is the most common treatment used to a toothache and to maintain the health of your teeth. The process of the root canal is a widely used treatment to save and repair a tooth that is badly infected or decayed. In case the infected tooth forms abscesses, it might infect surrounding tissues and other teeth. In such cases, with a severe toothache, the endodontic treatment of root canal becomes essential. You can visit our dental clinic in Leesburg. If you want to get a routine dental checkup done or need advice from our experts. Its main goal is to serve people with best oral treatments and help in maintaining their dental hygiene to prevent oral diseases.
Root Canal Therapy Process
First step: Anesthesia, opening of the crown and removal of tissue
The first step is to remove the pulp. To do this, the dentist applies a local anesthetic and with a drill, it promotes an opening in the crown of the tooth to access the pulp tissue and remove it. Radiographs of the injured tooth will assist the dentist in identifying the inflamed and injured pulp. It will allow the professional to remove only the affected tissue without affecting the gums and other parts of the tooth.
Step two: Cleaning the channels
After removal of the pulp which is done with a file, the dentist begins the process of cleaning the channels. As the pulp is a type of tissue, it is irrigated by a series of blood vessels located in the canals. These, in turn, are scraped, emptied and disinfected completely for filling with a specific shutter material called dental cement. Prior to filling, the dentist may still order some x-rays to see if any infected material has been removed.
Third step: Restoration
In general, the channel treatment is done in stages. In many cases, after removal and cleaning, the dentist still performs a gap before applying the blanking material and final restoration. This first step (removal and cleaning) serves to seal the tooth and also protect it. Finally, the crown is closed with a proprietary resin completely restoring the tooth. Although aesthetically the tooth is reconstructed, the patient loses the sensitivity because it is precisely in the pulp. The channel can be treated in one or more ways depending on the number of channels and the degree of infection. However, with the advancement of endodontics, the number of consultations and the efficiency of treatments has been improving. Feel free to contact Dr. Gary J. Ashton and Dr. Hugo Manrique for more details.
Endodontist in Leesburg
Endodontics is the specialty of dentistry responsible for the study of dental pulp, the entire system of root canals and periapical tissues as well as the diseases that afflict them. In cases of caries alterations, dental fractures, dental trauma, orthodontic trauma, endo-periodontal lesions, prosthetic needs and other endodontic conditions, endodontic treatment (or canal treatment) is indicated, aiming at maintaining the tooth in the oral cavity and the health of periapical tissues.
What Causes a Root Canal?
Among the possible causes for endodontics, when we have verified that a tooth needs a canal treatment there is dental caries. This has a great incidence in the population and consequently becomes the main cause for the need to revitalize the teeth. Endodontics is essentially justified in cases where the dental pulp or nerve is affected. As in case of dental caries where it progresses until it reaches the pulp of the tooth, causing its irreversible infection. However, there are other causes other than dental caries that may involve the devitalization of a tooth. It is due to complications of traumatic origin (knock, fall), which causes a cut of the vasculature or a fractured tooth with attainment pulp
Is a Root Canal Surgery?
The dental pulp is a specialized connective tissue located inside the tooth. It is so interconnected with the hard tissue that the enclosure (the dentin) that is commonly referred to as a dentin-pulp complex. It is made up of loose collagenous tissue; which imbibes arteries, veins, nerves, defense cells, fibroblasts, odontoblasts and dedifferentiated cells. Its primary function is to make the dental organ reactive to stimuli. In the human body, there is no condition of isolation of any of the tissues of the body. The root pulp is covered by a layer called cement which is supported and attached through the apical foramen, the dentinal tubules, and lateral canals. It is connected to the support period which are the structures that maintain the tooth in its alveolus. As it is directly related to the periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. Hence, a root canal is a surgical procedure which requires the aforementioned process.
Do Root Canals Cause Cancer?
Root canals do not cause cancer; however, there are many complications associated with root canals. These complications include disease outbreak within the body, heart problems, kidney problems and cancer. As a matter of fact, these are baseless allegations. Root canals have no such after effect. This is a sophisticated procedure which is conducted professionally. There are state-of-the-art tools and techniques available to perform this task neatly with next to zero error chances.
Are Root Canals Painful?
Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. In fact, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. What should you expect after the canal treatment? Just after completing a root canal, the tooth may feel tender due to the inflammation, especially if there was infection prior to the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort can usually be controlled with medications. Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.
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