Tooth preservation thanks to root canal treatment
Root canal treatment / endodontics
Frequently asked questions and answers about a root canal treatment:
When is a root canal treatment necessary?
Inside the tooth is the pulp, which is consists of blood vessels and nerves. When a tooth fractures or a deep caries makes its way to the inner tooth, bacteria may access through this entry into the dental pulp. But the root canal can also be infected through deep gingival pockets (periodontitis – LINK) .
This can lead to painful inflammation. Degradation products of the decaying dental pulp (known as toxins) cause a defensive reaction of the body around the root tip. This inflammation of the tooth root may exist painless and unnoticed for a certain period of time (chronic phase). But the focus of inflammation may proceed into an acute state at any time, which occurs as signs of discomfort while biting or a purulent abscess with swelling around the root tip.
What can help?
The only way to preserve the tooth and get rid of possible pain, is a root canal treatment, also called endodontic treatment.
The root canal treatment will clean the complex root canal system freom all bacteria and their debris. The use of additional disinfecting rinse solutions for flushing out organic remains in the root canal ensures maximum cleaning. By using electrometric measuring the root canal length can be measured pretty well to ensure a proper root canal filling.
How long does the treatment take?
The modern method of treatment is much more painless and comfortable than before. However, a root canal treatment may take several sessions that take an hour or more to complete.
What about chances of success?
In the use of all means available to us are very good chances that the diseased tooth can be sustainably maintained healthy and free of inflammation by a modern root canal treatment.
It happens very rarely that a root canal runs s-shaped, branches or impossible by other means, a mechanical treatment. These cases can be in advance of treatment is unfortunately not always rule.
However, a root canal treatment can always be viewed only as an attempt to tooth preservation.
Are there alternatives?
The alternative would be to take out the tooth and then replace the gap by a bridge (two crowns and a tooth being replaced) or a dental implant (artificial tooth) with a crown.
Are root canal treated teeth dead?
„Yes and no“! What the temperature sensitivity and the warning through pain from tooth decay terms – yes; regarding a sense of touch – no. This sense comes from the nerves around your tooth root and which will be retained.
What is next after the root canal treatment?
The root canal treated tooth is already significantly weakened by root canal treatment itself and is also somewhat brittle, which is associated with a more or less pronounced gray discoloration. Therefore, these teeth should always be provided with a crown or partial crown that protects the tooth best from fracture, as well as from new infection with bacteria.