The root-canal treatment in our clinic is being conducted with the usage of the Karl Zeiss special dental microscopes only. The endodontic treatment is also being supported by the Hyperion computed tomograph. If necessary, we may use the laser diode in order to decontaminate the infected root. Thanks to which we achieve the most precise treatment results and thus – thousands of cured teeth!
What is root-canal treatment?
Endodontics, also known as root-canal treatment, is an irreversible tooth pulp inflammation cure method. This is the ultimate way of restoring the functioning of the tooth and avoiding the extraction. The procedure consists on the removal of an infected or dead nerve (meaning dental pulp) in the tooth crown and the root canals and filling the empty space with a special material (Gutta Percha).
When is the root-canal treatment necessary?
Endodontics is necessary in few cases: when the nerve inflammatory condition arises, caused by constant exposure to irritant factors (e.g. caries) or as a result of mechanical injury and/or tooth crown breakage. Bruxism – teeth hard tissue grinding, also may cause the dental pulp inflammation. The inflammation sometimes brings the nerve to a state of necrosis. When this happens, septic germs activity develops pulp gangrene. The strong pain caused by the necrosis and inflammation increases while eating and drinking. Usually, that’s the point of decision to visit the dentist for a treatment.
How is the root-canal treatment conducted?
The root-canal treatment takes from one to few visits. It is necessary sometimes to postpone the treatment due to numerous circumstances, such as root canal exudate, constant pain or long-lasting inflammation. At this point the adequate medications – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic or canal desiccants are being delivered. In case there’s no indication that the procedure needs to be postponed, the doctor carries out the treatment. There are few stages of the procedure:
- treatment decision based on the X-ray or the symptoms observed
- anaesthesia; if it turns out that the gangrene has developed, anesthesia is not necessary
- opening of the tooth cavity and removal of the pulp (alive or dead) with the use of dedicated tools (files)
- disinfection and widening of the canals
- filling canals with curing paste or gutta-percha mixed with paste (gutta-percha is a stud shaped material, with its shape matching the root canal). The root canals are being closed permanently, which prevents bacterial contamination
- placing the bedding – the separating material between the canal and the filling
- filling the tooth – with a composite filling, onlay or crown. The best and most reliable options are the onlay and crown.
What to expect after the root-canal treatment?
Endodontics is a highly effective and safe method. Our doctors’ experience and skills guarantee that the root-canal treatment conducted in Jesionowa Dental Clinic is the best way to relief and to the health of teeth without any side effects. The procedure itself is time-consuming, it takes from 30 to 60 mins, which allows the doctor to proceed steady with all the necessary steps.
Does root-canal treatment hurt?
During the root-canal treatment procedure the patient feels no pain, thanks to local anaesthesia given by the dentist. Getting the treatment allows the patient to forget how painful the tooth used to be and enjoy daily activities again.
What is the alternative for endodontic cure?
The only alternative for endodontics is extraction – tooth removal. A missing tooth though, if not complemented, may cause adjoining teeth movement that would distort the occlusion and generate the risk of carious lesions.
What can I expect after the root-canal treatment?
The tooth’s canals have been found, cleaned and filled. This way all the bacteria and painful inflamed tissues have been removed. It’s perfectly natural that the cured tooth will remain touchy and sensitive after the procedure, this state comes along with the healing process as a normal symptom and it can take a few days until it passes.
What are the indications after the root-canal treatment?
The root-canal treatment is the very first stage of tooth restoration. The correct reconstruction is extremely important to maintain the long-term treatment result. After the endodontics, the final tooth reconstruction needs to be completed. Depending on the tooth’s condition before the procedure or on the procedure’s process, it may be necessary to conduct: onlay (when most of the tooth tissue was preserved) or post and core plus crown (when the tooth tissue is highly damaged).
What is the prognosis for the tooth after the root-canal treatment?
The cured tooth, if reconstructed correctly, will last as long as a healthy one. Periodic visits as well as the proper hygiene of the oral cavity are required.
What guarantee is there that the root-canal treatment will be successful?
Proceeding on a living organism, even if done correctly, will never give a 100% success guarantee. Medical studies indicate though that using modern treatment technologies and materials provides a 95% success rate.