Root canal treatment is the procedure used to repair a tooth that has become seriously infected or decayed. While not always successful, the procedure not only saves teeth but also prevents subsequent infections in the future.
Root canal treatment is a procedure designed to remove infected tissue from inside a tooth and the surrounding tissues. The treatment is administered within the inner passages of the tooth - between the pulp and the roots. A dentist may need to remove tissue from the surrounding areas. Most root canals result in the removal of the nerve and the pulp. This will usually stop the pain in your tooth but not necessarily in the infected areas around it. There are several reasons why you might need a root canal. The most common is decay caused by poor dental hygiene practices. Other potential causes include cracks or chips and disease. The need for a root canal treatment is usually quite obvious. The main symptom is chronic pain, which is usually worsened by eating, pressure and changes in temperature. Other signs you might need the procedure include a small bump in your gum, tenderness, swelling and darkening of the tooth.
Root canal treatments usually take place in stages. The pulp and the nerve are removed in one session. A second session is usually devoted to sealing the cavity to prevent further infections.
In order to diagnose the problem, your dentist will need to take an x-ray. This will determine how bad the infection is and whether an extraction will be required. Qunomedical can help you with your diagnosis: simply email us your x-rays and we will connect you with one of our partner dental clinics.
The first stage of the actual procedure involves the numbing of the tooth and the surrounding gum. You may need up to three separate injections to ensure you don't feel pain during treatment. The dentist will also place a rubber sheet around your tooth to keep it dry.
The next stage of the procedure involves the dentist gaining access to the inner structures of your tooth. Unfortunately, this involves drilling a small hole.
The dentist uses a set of specialist tools to remove the nerve and pulp via the drilled hole. Once the infection has been completely removed, the dentist will give you a temporary filling. In many cases, a customised crown is prepared afterwards. The filling usually consists of a rubber compound (which fills the cavity), and a standard filling agent.
The final stage of a root canal treatment is usually the application of a permanent crown, filling or restorative agent. If there's still some infected material in your tooth, you may need a third appointment. This is because your dentist will leave the tooth open to allow for more drainage.
A lot of people never experience any issues with their treated tooth again. But not all procedures are successful. If treatment on the same tooth fails twice, your dentist may talk to you about alternatives. You might be advised to have the tooth removed - particularly if your infections have been severe. Of course, no one wants a gaping hole where a tooth once sat. Among the options available to you include the fitting of an implant, a dental bridge or a partial denture. Your dentist will talk you through the basic dental hygiene practices that should prevent future problems.
While there may be some small differences in the treatments offered by different dentists, the main principles of the procedure remain the same. It's not always necessary to remove the nerve, but this is something your dentist will discuss with you before the procedure. If the first root canal treatment isn't successful, you might require retreatment. This procedure involves the removal of the crown or filling as well as the packing of material within the tooth. All the canals are cleaned again, and a new crown or filling is administered. If the canals within your tooth are blocked - or particularly narrow - your dentist might decide to perform endodontic surgery. This involves a small incision to allow for the sealing of the opposite end of the root.
While a degree of pain is likely - either during or after the procedure - many patients don't experience any significant pain. Of course, many people are nervous about such an invasive procedure. Try to remain calm and still. You're likely to experience some strange sensations and a lot of vibration, but this is normal. Root canal treatments are now routine for dentists. Expect up to three sessions, but more may be required if there are complications.
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May 2019| Dentapoint, Turkey
Thank you so much my best doctor Ali Kilic
Hello , I had trouble pulling my teeth and I visited the dentist Ali Kilic in Izmir. He applied botox to my muscles and it was a good solution for me. And he also made a toothpick. He's my favorite dentist. Soon I will go to him to fix my zirconium. Thank you so much my best doctor Ali Kilic that you have made my life easier;)
June 2017| Bagatin Clinic, Croatia
Thanks to the whole team for a fantastic experience!
I recently visited Poliklinika Bagatin in Zagreb and I was truly impressed with the facility, equipment and services the clinic provided. Being from North America, it was fascinating to see such an advanced team of professionals that surpassed my criteria of excellence and provided to be a visit that paralleled, or perhaps even exceeded the standards of most of the clinics I have visited in North America. Aside from the great facility and services, if traveling to Croatia use the opportunity to visit, consult and experience their expertise because not only is it fantastic, it's unbelievably worth the penny (and trust me when I say you will save and yet experience perhaps even better results) if you choose to use the time to bring some things in order via the clinic. Thanks to the whole team for a fantastic experience!
October 2016| DENTAGLOBAL, Turkey
The experience was excellent.
Thank you all so much for your kindness, professionalism and good humor. The experience here was excellent and i wish you all every success for the future.
August 2016| Indexmedica Dental Clinic, Poland
Excellent, painless treatment
Early 2009 I got a full examination and price quotation. In order to have the best functional and aesthetic result I was recommended to have new crowns on all my 28 teeth. I accepted and had my first treatment in spring 2009 with all basic works (root canal treatment, removal of mercury fillings etc). Then I had to wait until the autumn 2009 as I had to use a frame to increase my bit by 5mm before mounting the crowns. The preparatory work and mounting of the crowns took place in autumn 2009. In January 2010 I had a check up visit, an another check up visit in October 2010. In total I have spent more than 60 hours in the dentist's chair. Five different dentists have done their job according to their speciality area. Excellent, painless treatment and result both functionally and aesthetically and well within the price quotation. My wife, usually a bit “afraid” of dentist also decided to have a full overhaul and changed 22 old mercury fillings, root canal treatment etc. to her full, painless satisfaction and in accordance with the price quotation. We are both fully satisfied and enthusiastic.
August 2016| Indexmedica Dental Clinic, Poland
Very high standard, far superior to the UK.
I have now returned from my second trip to Indexmedica. What a beautiful city Krakow is. My treatment was painless (using The Wand). It consisted of nine root canal fillings, five extractions, teeth reconstructions, and nine crowns, the English language spoken by everyone at the dentist’s was very good and you understood your treatment plan perfectly. The work was done to a very high standard, far superior to the UK. The equipment is state of the art, and the knowledge of each dentist in their own field is second to none. My dentist was Tomas Bobek, he was amazing. I am now singing the praises for this dentist, and people should not think twice about travelling to Indexmedica for treatment.
August 2016| Phuket Dental Signature, Thailand
The treatment was just spot on.
Everything was very professional, I had very good advice and the treatment was just spot on. So I’m very happy with everything and can definitely recommend it to anybody thinking about having dental treatment.