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What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root Canal Treatment

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Does the thought of undergoing root canal treatment fill you with dread and worry? Has your dentist or endodontist in Dubai recommended this course of treatment which has left you feeling stressed about the world of pain that awaits you? Before you begin to panic, it is important that you delve into what undergoing root canal treatment in Dubai really entails.

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Root canal treatment, also known as Endodontic treatment, is a procedure in which the entire infected, inflamed or damaged pulp of a decayed or traumatized tooth is removed and replaced with an inert material after cleaning, shaping and sterilizing the area. This saves the tooth from being extracted and restores its functional ability. The pulp is a soft tissue located beneath the white enamel and hard layer called the dentin, containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue that help the root of the tooth grow during its development. The pulp can be removed from a fully developed tooth, as the tooth will continue to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it. While this form of treatment might have been painful in the past, with anesthetics and modern technology, most cases can be treated comfortably and speedily.

Being experts in the field of dentistry, we at Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic deliver one of the most effective root canal treatments in Dubai. Our root canal specialist in Dubai has additional advanced training that focuses on diseases of the pulp and its management. We ensure that our procedures are relatively painless, and we keep our patients relaxed before they begin the treatment. We carry out simple as well as complex procedures which include endodontic treatments and microsurgery in our dental clinic in Dubai. Book an appointment for a painless root canal treatment in Dubai.

What Are the Main Causes of Dental Pulp Infection?

One of the main causes of a dental pulp infection is one’s laxity towards tooth decay. Common symptoms that indicate the need for root canal treatment include painful cavities, pain while chewing, prolonged pain due to hot and/or cold food and beverages, gum boils, nighttime pain that hinders sleep, or trauma to the tooth. If any of these symptoms appear, we advise that you visit a dental clinic and treat it at the earliest, as untreated tooth decay can even damage your tooth bone.

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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

When a patient reports to our clinic complaining about pain, we first evaluate their history and perform a comprehensive oral examination. Additionally, the endodontist might be required to run a few tests like a cold test, heat test, electric pulp testing, percussion, or palpation testing. Thereafter, radiographs are generated for a proper diagnosis, in order to plan an effective treatment.

The treatment steps that follow are as follows:

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  • The tooth is first numbed with the help of local anesthesia.
  • After the area has been sufficiently numbed, the endodontist drills into the tooth to remove the infected pulp.
  • The inside of the tooth’s roots is then cleaned and sterilized.
  • This is followed by the cleaning and shaping of the root canals, with the help of certain files and solutions.
  • The root canals are then filled with an inert material called Gutta Percha, and the access opening is closed with a filling.

The time taken for this procedure can vary, depending on the complexity of the root canal(s) and the severity of the infection. While some procedures might be completed between half an hour to two hours within a single or over multiple sessions, in cases where the endodontist anticipates that more time would be needed to clean, shape and disinfect the root canal(s), multiple sessions might be required. On the whole, root canal treatment has a success rate of 96% with the remaining 4% involving cases where pain and swelling is experienced due to a reinfection wherein retreatment might be required.

It is important to note that root canal-treated teeth are brittle, which is why a cap, also known as a crown, is always advised, in order to maintain their integrity and prevent further damage. This would require the shaping of the teeth and impressions to be made for the fabrication of the prosthesis, in order to ensure that the crown fits perfectly. The crown is thereafter cemented to the tooth.

 

Root Canal Treatment for Kids

A child’s general wellbeing and eating routine can be severely affected in the case of painful cavities or an infection. If your child’s baby tooth with a deep cavity that infects the pulp can be root canal treated, then this is the most accepted choice of treatment. Though your child’s primary teeth will eventually fall out, it is preferred to choose root canal therapy over extraction in order to maintain the space required for the developing permanent tooth below. Furthermore, the infection can cause facial swellings, fever, and can even damage the underlying permanent tooth bud if left untreated with severe infections, requiring antibiotic therapy or hospitalization.

Root canal treatment is similar for kids and adults, with some exceptions. In the case of kids, a few things should be noted as follows:

  • Age-appropriate behavior management will be employed and kid-friendly tools used.
  • The sessions may be longer in comparison to those for adults.
  • In the case of children, the procedure is known as pulpectomy if the entire damaged pulp of the baby tooth is removed and replaced with a biocompatible material. If only some of the coronal pulp is removed and medication is placed over it to facilitate healing, then it is referred to as a pulpotomy.
  • The substance used to fill the root canal is resorbable which allows for the normal resorption of the roots to facilitate the exfoliation of the primary tooth at the right age.
  • In order to maintain the integrity of the treated tooth, preformed stainless steel caps are placed over it.

Recovery Process

The tooth can remain tender immediately after root canal treatment, which is why rinsing the mouth with ice-cold water and taking anti-inflammatory tablets is recommended, as this will provide relief. As a part of the treatment at this stage, a temporary filling is placed between visits to keep out saliva and debris, which needs to be protected by avoiding the consumption of hard food. After the final restoration is completed, and depending on the type used, the dentist might recommend caution while chewing for a few hours to a few days. After this stage, and once the tooth settles and is protected by a crown, there are hardly any restrictions to using the root canal-treated tooth and consuming any kind of food.

Why Choose Us?

At Dr. Paul’s Dental Clinic, we have an expert, highly qualified dentist in Dubai, to provide you with the best-in-class endodontic treatment in Dubai. Our facilities are technologically advanced, and we follow modern dental practices while treating our patients. Should you undergo pain, or notice a tooth infection, do connect with us at the earliest for a speedy diagnosis. We will examine your condition and accordingly advise as to whether you require a root canal procedure.

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FAQs

  • Is extraction of a tooth/teeth a better alternative to root canal treatment?

    If root canal treatment is possible, then it would be a better choice over extraction. Extracting a tooth can lead to undesirable loss of bone, which could impact the feasibility of future restorations. It could also lead to the loss of space due to the movement of adjacent teeth into the vacant space or spacing between the teeth created due to the extraction. This in turn can cause misalignment of the upper and lower teeth. The only exception to this is in the case of a wisdom tooth that does not have an opposing tooth to be functional. However, in some cases, root canal treatment is not practical and the only option would be to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant, bridge or partial denture.

  • Are root canal treatments safe?

    If done correctly, root canal treatments have a success rate of 96% and are thus safe to be done in the case of both adults and children. Furthermore, the root canals are filled with biocompatible materials.

  • Do I need to take antibiotics before and after root canal treatments?

    It depends on the severity of your condition. Your endodontist can determine the need for antibiotics after a preliminary examination. In most cases though, antibiotics are not required unless the patient experiences a facial infection and swelling, in which case, they may be prescribed.

  • What is an endodontic flare-up?

    It is a complication developed after an endodontic treatment, where you experience severe pain and swelling. You should immediately inform your endodontist and schedule a visit. The dentist will re-instrument the root canal and prescribe appropriate medication.

  • Why does my tooth pain worsen when I am lying down?

    While lying down, blood rushes to the head, which can put extra pressure on already sensitive teeth, thereby causing excruciating pain. To resolve this issue, dentists generally recommend painkillers and that the head should be elevated with an extra pillow. You can also place an ice pack on the affected area of your face. Also make sure that no food particles are stuck in the already-formed cavity. Additionally, you can use a mouthwash to prevent this from happening.

  • What happens if I delay a root canal procedure?

    You should avoid doing so as the bacterial infection can spread and form a pus-filled swelling known as a dental abscess. This condition would require immediate medical attention. In some cases, the infection might also spread to your gums, tissue or the bones that support the teeth.

  • Can I just get a filling even though my dentist has suggested root canal treatment?

    No, this is not recommended. Once the infection spreads to the pulp, it cannot be managed by undergoing a simple filling.

  • Why do I need a post and core?

    In some cases, a significant amount of natural tooth is lost due to extensive decay or injury. In such cases, in order to facilitate a stable crown, an additional procedure called post-core is done to ensure the final crown is stable and durable. The post is a tiny rod that is usually made up of metal that is inserted into the root space of the tooth and protrudes from the root. The core is that which replaces the missing tooth structure and holds a dental crown in place. The post holds the core in place and redistributes stresses down to the root, thus reducing the risk of coronal (crown) fracture, which is the fracture of the coronal part of the tooth.

  • Should I be worried about the X-ray exposure during root canal treatment?

    Dental X-rays used for endodontic treatment have very low radiation, which is why there is no cause for worry. Moreover, patients are asked to wear protective lead aprons to make the process safer.

  • Will my insurance cover the procedure?

    Most insurance providers do cover root canal treatments in Dubai. Connect with our team so that this can be evaluated for you.

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