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Root Canal Treatment
Author: Lan Chi
Review Date: August 1, 2018 | Last Modified: January 13, 2019
Root Canal Treatment

Definition

1. What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal system is part of a tooth extending from the crown of tooth to the end of the root and containing the dental pulp. Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). The infection is caused by bacteria living in the mouth and invading the tooth. This can happen after tooth decay, leaking fillings or damage to teeth as a result of trauma, such as a fall.

2. What is the purpose of Root Canal Treatment?

The purpose of root canal treatment is to treat the infection of the root canal as well as prevent it from multiplying and spreading.

Candidates

1. When is Root Canal Treatment needed?

When the pulp of a tooth is injured or become inflamed or infected by bacteria infection, you should get the treatment as soon as possible.

2. Who are eligible for Root Canal Treatment?

In general, people who suffer from dental issue like infection and decay are eligible for receiving root canal treatment. However, there are several situations in which patients are not eligible for this kind of treatment:

  • Having high blood pressure or hypertension
  • Taking blood thinners (if so, the endodontist may ask patient to stop taking it for a couple of day prior to the treatment)
  • Having from diabetes
  • Suffering from autoimmune diseases
  • Experiencing  infections and fever
  • Suffering from osteoporosis

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Cost

In the US, the cost of root canal treatment varies depending on the location of the tooth, the number of canals in it and the dental professional training and experience. For example, root canal treatment for a front tooth can cost $300 – $1500 or more but typically is about $900-$1000 depending on complexity and whether the treatment is done by a dentist or an endodontist. A root canal on bicuspid or premolar tooth (mid mouth) can cost $400-$1800 or more, but typically is about $900-$1000. With root canal therapy on back molar, the cost can be $500-$2000 or more, but typically costs about $1000-$1300.

Preparation

1. What should I do before Root Canal Treatment?

Here are some tips before doing the root canal treatment:

  • Stop taking any aspirin for 10 days before treatment
  • Avoid smoking and using alcohol for 12 hours before treatment
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat and drink before the treatment
  • Relax

2. What should I do after Root Canal Treatment?

After the treatment, you should:

  • Avoid using alcohol for 48 hours (2 days) after the treatment
  • Avoid smoking for 72 hours (3 days) after the treatment
  • It is advisable to not eat or drink anything for a couple of hours after root canal treatment. Since the treated area is numb, there are chances of accidentally biting your teeth or tongue while eating. You can eat after the numbness wears off.
  • Avoid hard and crunchy foods for a few days after a root canal treatment
  • Take the antibiotics as advised by the dentist
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene is extremely important, with regular brushing and teeth flossing.

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Procedure

1. How long does Root Canal Treatment last?

The entire root canal procedure may take place in one appointment, or at times 2 or 3 sessions depending on the condition of the tooth. Each appointment may last between 30 – 90 minutes. It is a simple procedure with relatively little or no discomfort.

2. How is the procedure of Root Canal Treatment?

Step 1: At the outset, local anesthesia is administered to the tooth which is to be treated.

Step 2: After the tooth and the surrounding areas become numb, the endodontist drills an opening through the crown or the biting surface of the tooth to access the pulp chamber. If it is a front tooth, the endodontist drills an opening from behind the tooth.

Step 3: Using special files the endodontist cleans out the infected, diseased and dead pulp from the canals. The procedure does not cause any pain as the area is numb due to the anesthesia, and the tissue that is removed is dead.

Step 4: Once all the infected and dead tissue is removed, the canals are disinfected using disinfectants.

Step 5: The canals are then shaped with fine instruments so that they can be filled with the root canal fillings known as gutta-percha and sealed. During the process of shaping, irrigation method is used to wash and clean the canals and remove the debris, before inserting the fillings and sealing the tooth.

Step 6: A temporary cover material which acts like a seal is placed above the gutta percha. This covering material is kept in place till a crown or a cap which looks like a normal tooth is fitted atop the treated tooth.

At times, a post is inserted into the canal next to the gutta percha to give the crown more support.

Step 7: Thereafter, the crown is cemented in place so that it never dislodges.

3. What happens after the procedure?

After the treatment, your tooth will be sensitive to biting pressure and may even appear to feel loose. This is because of the sensitivity of nerve-ending in the tissue outside the end of the root, where is cleaned, irrigated, placed a filler and sealer material and a filling.

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Complications & Side Effects

1. What complications could arise from Root Canal Treatment?

There are several complications could arise:

  • Block canal
  • Lodging of a small broken instrument within the narrow canal
  • Missed canal

2. What are the possible side effects of Root Canal Treatment?

Some side effects are possible to appear after root canal treatment:

  • Dull pain in the tooth following the procedure
  • A crack at the root of the tooth
  • The crown may come loose, which will expose the treated tooth
  • Defective materials used during the filling process may erode, which lead to bacterial infection again

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Please choose the best hospitals and clinics that provide Root Canal Treatment in Asia to get the most suitable healthcare for your condition.

GO.CARE does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or Root Canal Treatment.

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