What is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure performed to remove the nerve of a tooth. This treatment is done to repair and save badly damaged teeth instead of extracting them. The treatment is done to relieve the pain that is caused by an abscessed or infected tooth.

During the procedure, your canal is cleaned and the inflamed pulp is removed. It will then be filled to prevent bacteria from reaching or entering the canal. Root canal treatment basically prevents the need to extract a tooth once the nerve has been removed.

Why would you need Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment may be performed for a number of reasons. These include:

  • Tooth sensitivity – particularly to hot and cold sensations especially if fillings do not resolve the matter
  • Restorative purposes – if your tooth has been cracked due to an injury and the nerve is exposed
  • Nerve damage – this could be caused by a previous filling or dental nerve injury.
  • An abscess – typically caused by a bacterial infection.
  • A deep cavity –a tooth that has decayed to the pulp area of the tooth

Will I require more than one visit to my Dentist?

If the procedure required is more complex, you may need to visit an endodontist. They are highly skilled dental specialists trained to repair tissues inside the tooth in intricate ways. During your consultation with Dr Danka, he will determine if you might need an endodontist for a dental emergency. Generally Dr Danka does a complete root canal treatment over 3 visits- the first visit is to remove the nerve and sterilise the canal, the second visit – a week later is to fill and seal the canal with special medication and a 3rd visit a week later is to finalise or complete the filling once the root canal medication has settled and cured.

A referral to an endodontist may be required if you have a fever and experience extreme tooth pain.

How does a root canal procedure work?

During your consultation with Dr Danka, he will take an x-ray. This is done to determine the shape of your root canals and look for signs of infection. During a root canal procedure, a local anaesthesia will be administered to numb the area around your tooth. A dental dam will then be placed to isolate the operative site from the rest of your mouth. This is also to keep the area dry during your surgery.

A small hole will be drilled into your tooth and the pulp and nerve tissue will then be removed along with any bacteria or debris. Irrigation with special solutions will be used to flush your canal clear of any debris or infective materials . A special sterilising material will be placed in the tooth as a temporary medication and left in place for a few days to settle the tooth down.

 At your next visit (2nd visit)  your tooth will then be sealed with a sealer paste and a rubber compound. A temporary filling will be place to cover this until the rubber compound has settled and cured

 At the 3rd visit-A filling will then be fitted to the exterior of the hole. If there is any sign of infection, Dr Danka may prefer to wait before sealing it.

Depending on the level of decay and the specific condition of your tooth, you may require additional restorative work. If you have a weak tooth, a crown may be needed to protect it. Dr Danka will recommend a treatment plan depending on your needs.

Why would you need Root Canal Treatment?

When people think of a root canal, they always associate it with pain as there is a stigma attached to them. The bottom line is that root canal treatments can help eliminate your pain. The procedure is generally not painful as the area will be numbed by the local anaesthesia. You may however experience some discomfort, tenderness, and swelling once the medication wears off but that should heal within a couple of days.

How long will the Root Canal Procedure Take?

Root canal procedures typically take between 30-90- minutes. The actual duration will however depend on how complex the procedure is. Dr Danka will explain in detail and give you a more accurate time frame.

What is the recovery time?

Recovery time varies from patient to patient. Typically, if there are no complications during your procedure, you should return to normal within a few days. You will experience a dull ache near the site of your surgery but that should pass within two days. If your pain does not subside or go away, a follow-up appointment with Dr Danka may be required

What Are the Benefits of a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatments are commonly performed to prevent the spread of infection. The main benefits of undergoing the procedure are as follows:

  1. It prevents tooth loss
  2. To relive pain and discomfort
  3. It prevents the infection of neighbouring teeth
  4. It prevents the degeneration of your jawbone
  5. It boosts your oral health

What are the Complications of Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal procedures enjoy high success rates. You should however, always be aware of the potential risks involved before you undergo treatment. Complications can occur so Dr Danka will discuss with you the potential risks during your consultation. These complications can include the following:

  1. Fracturing your tooth or dental crown: brittle teeth tend to fracture during the procedure which will most likely lead to your tooth being extracted.
  2. Reinfection: if your tooth becomes re-infected, then the procedure was not successful.
  3. Missed root canals: your tooth has up to 3 roots and 4 canals. A dentist can sometimes miss your canal if it is in an abnormal or unusual position.
  4. Perforating the root: if the root of your tooth is curved, it is possible for the instruments to accidentally perforate it.
  5. Fractured instruments: because the instruments used during the procedure are tiny, they can sometimes break and become stuck inside the canal. In this case Dr Danka should be able to remove it using forceps.

There are also other complications that can occur but these are very rare. You could experience altered sensitivity after your treatment or an allergic reaction to the medicines or materials used during the root canal.

Root Canal Treatment for Patients

Undergoing a root canal procedure does not have to be scary. It is a virtually painless process that relieves pain, gets rid of infection, and saves your teeth. The long-term benefits can greatly improve your oral health and the overall quality of your life. If you’re looking for an experienced, passionate dentist in Linden, consult with Dr Ebrahim Danka. He will take extra care to ensure that your root canal treatment is as pleasant as possible. Should you suspect you may need a root canal, schedule an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible.