Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment)

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Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is a method that is often used in dental diseases. This treatment involves the removal of inflammation based on decay that occurs in the dental nerves, surgically or by the use of antibiotics.

The dental nerves are cleaned and filled with filling material to cover the root of the tooth. Thanks to this procedure, which is performed with local anesthesia, it is aimed to save the tooth instead of pulling it out. The endodontics method is often preferred because it is more convenient both from a health point of view and from an economic point of view.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

When the dental nerve is damaged by decay or for a different reason, inflammation is created because the body identifies this damaged nerve as a foreign substance. In these cases, when the dental nerve is damaged, the process of removing the damaged nerve from the body and replacing it with a filling material is called the root canal treatment.

With this operation, this infection that exists in the tooth is destroyed and the tooth is intended to be saved. With this method of treatment, the tooth can be used for many years. The treatment is carried out by specialists located in the endodontics department of dentistry. You can find out more information by visiting our “what is root canal treatment” page.

Prices for Root Canal Treatment

Dental canal treatment prices are changed every year based on the prices announced by the Dental Association. Treatment is carried out in private clinics, private hospitals, and public hospitals. Prices may vary depending on the preferred treatment center or the treatment session performed depending on the size of the infection. The most accurate information about the cost of root canal treatment can be obtained from the treatment center where the procedure will be performed.

Dental Canal Treatment

Dental canal treatment is the practice of removing damaged nerves that exist as a result of nerve damage that occurs in the tooth. But the application is not limited to this only. During the treatment, an X-ray of the tooth can be taken if it is deemed necessary. But to avoid radiation, especially in pregnant patients, the root of the tooth is examined using different devices. Endodontics, a method that is also used to treat aesthetic defects in the structure of the front teeth, jaw, and teeth, is now a widely used method.

How is Canal Treatment Performed?

Dental canal treatment is a treatment method applied to teeth that are in danger of being pulled out. The procedure is performed by filling the tooth with a complete cleansing of the damaged and inflamed dental nerves. When performing endodontics, local anesthesia is applied to the area where the procedure will be performed, and the area is anesthetized. By filling the canals located at the root of the tooth with a crown substance (the filler may vary), the tooth is saved without the need to be pulled out.

Another question that sticks in the mind about canal treatment is the question of whether this treatment can be applied to children. Contrary to what is known, the roots of milk teeth in children are as long as the roots of permanent teeth. For this reason, endodontics is a treatment method that can also be applied to children. One of the tasks of milk teeth is to be a guide for the region where permanent teeth will grow. For this reason, it is important to keep the milk teeth intact. For this reason, root canal treatment is often the preferred method for maintaining oral and dental health in children. If you wish, you can access more detailed information by visiting our How to do canal treatment page.

Pain After Root Canal Treatment

Pain after root canal treatment can cause fear for many people, but this pain is the kind of pain that can go away in a few days. But if the pain is of an unexpected size, this may be a symptom of improper treatment. Conditions such as nerve damage in the tooth root, space left between the filling material during the filling process, or treatment have been applied to the inflamed area may result in pain due to the unsuccessful treatment.

For this reason, if there is swelling, redness, and high-sized pain in the tooth, the specialist performing the procedure should be consulted, and if necessary, the treatment should be repeated. Another important point that causes pain may be the lack of care for a dental cleaning after orthodontics, the use of substances that harm the body, and dental health, such as cigarettes, and alcohol.

How Long Does Root Canal Treatment Take?

Each session of canal treatment lasts approximately 1 hour. However, the duration of treatment varies depending on the size of the infection, and the structure of the tooth. If necessary, specialists can complete the procedure on an average of 3-4 sessions. For more detailed information, you can call our dental clinics and read our article How long does canal treatment take.

Symptoms of Unsuccessful Root Canal Treatment

Another point that those who have undergone root canal treatment are wondering about is the question of how to distinguish between pain that occurs after treatment and pain that occurs in situations where treatment is unsuccessful. In cases where the treatment is performed incorrectly, there may be live nerve endings left in the tooth, and this can lead to inflammation, swelling, and redness of the nerve endings. The usual pain that occurs after treatment is a kind of pain that is bearable, and does not lead to inflammation and swelling.

Does Root Canal Treatment Hurt?

Going to the dentist’s office can be the dreaded dream of many people. However, with the help of modern medical techniques applied, the pains that occur during dental operations are reduced to a minimum. During endodontics, local anesthesia is applied to the area where the procedure will be performed. Because root canal treatment is a treatment method aimed at removing nerves that cause pain and inflammation, the pain that will occur after treatment will be bearable.

Inability to Bite on the Tooth After Root Canal Treatment

It is usual to experience pain after the orthodontic procedure. In order to minimize the pain, it will be enough to pay attention to the tooth being treated while chewing, and to do regular oral and dental care. If these are taken into account, it is expected that the pain will disappear completely within a few days. But if there is ongoing pain, swelling, or inability to chew on the tooth during eating, a doctor should definitely be consulted.

Why Does the Tooth Hurt After Root Canal Treatment and Filling?

Canal treatment pain can be felt within the first week after treatment. This condition should be considered normal, but in cases of non-attention to oral care and incorrect treatment, severe toothache may also occur.

How Many Days Does the Pain Last After Root Canal Treatment?

The duration of pain experienced after treatment may vary depending on the patient’s age, the structure of the tooth, and the size of the procedure performed. However, it is known that the pain subsides and disappears within a few days on average.

Repeated Root Canal Treatment for the Second Time

Canal treatment can be re-performed in cases where the treatment is not successful. In cases where treatment should be repeated, the duration of the second application is decided by the physician’s assessment of the patient’s condition.

Why Is Canal Treatment Performed?

As a result of damage and inflammation caused by the dental nerve, root canal treatment is preferred because it is a method aimed at saving the tooth rather than extracting the tooth. If the teeth are extracted, differences in the structure of the jaw may occur. However, Decongestants may occur between the teeth and create undesirable aesthetic consequences.

For this reason, it is not recommended to remove the tooth unless necessary. Endodontics is a method that is often used as a method of preserving an existing tooth, both from a health point of view and from the point of view of the cost of getting a new tooth.

Stages of Root Canal Treatment

At the first stage, when carrying out root canal treatment, the area is cleaned of bacteria, deposits and caries. If the cleaning performed at the initial stage is not at a sufficient level, it can lead to inflammation. After the cleaning, local anesthesia is applied to the tooth. In addition, if there is a filling in the tooth that will be treated, this filling is removed before the treatment.

In order to treat dental nerves, narrow channel therapy is used to expand and shape the root canals. Then, using various tools, the nerves located in the root canal of the tooth are cleaned and the tooth is filled. But it should be known that the stages and sessions of treatment vary depending on the condition of the tooth and the patient. Many video resources can also be accessed on the internet about the stages of treatment.

How Many Hours or How Many Minutes Does Canal Treatment Take?

Canal treatment is an operation that takes an average of one hour. However, it should be known that most treatments do not result in a single session. The duration of the procedure can also vary between 3-5 sessions depending on the size of the treatment.

Inflammation of the Teeth with Root Canal Treatment

An effective cleaning procedure should be performed on the tooth layer before the root canal treatment is performed. If this procedure is not performed properly, the tooth may become inflamed. In addition, if a nerve is left in the roots of the tooth during treatment, these nerves can also lead to inflammation.

What to do If the Tooth That Has Undergone Root Canal Treatment Breaks?

Although the tooth filled with a filler is not as strong as the natural tooth, it can be used for life if it is taken care of properly. But a tooth fracture can occur as a result of a number of blows or inflammations that will damage the tooth. In this case, a dentist should be consulted. The treatment to be applied after the fracture is diagnosed as a result of the examination.

Does the Tooth Decay After Root Canal Treatment?

The decay of the tooth occurs with plaque formed by bacteria that accumulate on its condition, and as a result, with the resulting acid. Since the tooth undergoing root canal treatment is no longer a real tooth, no pain will be felt in case of decay, but when the structure of the tooth is examined by medical methods, signs of decay can be detected.

What Happens If the Inflamed Tooth Is Treated with a Canal?

If there is inflammation in the tooth before root canal treatment, treatment can be started by removing the inflamed tissue located at the root tip. Another method used to dry the inflammation is antibiotic therapy. The most important thing to know about antibiotic treatment is that the antibiotic used does not treat the tooth.

The antibiotic is used only for the removal of inflammation that is present in the tooth. If the inflammation disappears after drug therapy, treatment can be continued. But if the tooth does not respond to treatment, the doctor may also resort to a tooth extraction method.

Smoking After Root Canal Treatment

In order for the applied treatment method to be effective, it is as important as the physician to perform the necessary care for the patient’s tooth correctly. At this point, patients should follow the recommended eating and drinking schedule and avoid physical factors that will force the tooth. During the first 24 hours after the procedure, considerable attention should be paid to the tooth, smoking, tobacco products and alcohol use should be avoided. During the first week after the procedure, special attention should be paid to oral and dental care.

How is Endodontic Root Canal Treatment Performed?

In the treatment of the canal, the inflamed vein and nerve tissue located in the pulp of the tooth are removed and the filler is placed in its place. With this operation, the channel through which the vessels and nerves located at the root of the tooth pass is closed. The stages of successful canal treatment are listed below.

A thin hole is made in the crown of the inflamed tooth. The pulp part of the tooth is reached through the hole opened. The inflamed pulp is removed, the canals at the root of the tooth are expanded with special tools and inserted into a shape suitable for dental filling material. The channel is filled with permanent filling materials.

How Long Will Canal Treatment Be Completed?

Although it depends on the condition of the tooth root, the canal treatment that will get an effective result is completed in an average of 45-60 minutes. According to the doctor’s planning, a second session may be required for root canal treatment.

Is Root Canal Treatment a Painful Procedure?

Teeth and surrounding tissues are anesthetized with regional anesthesia. Therefore, no pain is felt at the time of the procedure.

Is There Any Pain in the Tooth After Root Canal Treatment?

In the treatment of the canal, the nerves of the tooth are removed. Therefore, the person does not have hot and cold-like sensitivity. It has been observed that patients feel a slight pain for several weeks after treatment. However, this pain is considered normal depending on the treatment.

On the other hand, it is recommended that our patients contact their doctor if their pain persists after treatment. Ongoing pain may indicate that the canal treatment has not resulted positively. After a repeated examination, canal treatment may need to be renewed. This process is called “retreat”.

In What Cases Is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?

Root canal treatment, also called root canal treatment, is the last resort used to save a rotten tooth. If the root canal treatment is not performed, the bacteria reach the root of the tooth and a cyst forms at the root of the tooth. The cyst that forms damage the jawbone in the following times. The following are the cases where canal treatment is necessary.

How Do We Know If Your Tooth Needs Root Canal Treatment?

It is necessary to carry out root canal treatment in the following cases:

  • If your tooth hurts even though there are no stimuli,
  • If there is sensitivity in the teeth to hot and cold foods and drinks, and there is a toothache,
  • If an abscess and associated swelling have formed on your face,
  • If the dental X-ray taken by the dentist shows inflammation that has reached the dental pulp.

Can Canal Treatment Fail?

Although there is a low probability of failure in the treatment of the canal. In accordance with hygiene rules and sterile conditions, the probability of failure of canal treatments is very low, and the teeth in question can be used for a long time. The following are the cases where canal treatment has failed:

  • Nerve tissue that is not fully cleaned remains in the tooth root,
  • Bacteria seep into the tooth root and inflammation develops from the gaps left between the fillings,
  • Formation of cracks or fractures in the tooth during treatment

How Do We Know If the Root Canal Treatment Has Failed?

If the root canal treatment is unsuccessful, symptoms of inflammation such as pain, swelling, and redness of the tooth root are observed. In this case, you should contact your doctor again.

Are there Any Abnormal Conditions that May Be Encountered After Treatment?

As the teeth undergoing root canal treatment lose their vitality, their elasticity decreases, and the risk of fracture is high. For this reason, porcelain filling or crown coating may be required to increase the strength of the tooth walls.

In addition, materials called “metal or fiber post” are placed on the teeth that have undergone root canal treatment when filling or coating the teeth that have experienced an excessive loss of tooth structure.

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