What is Endodontics?
It is the sub-discipline of dentistry aimed at the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the dental pulp and the complications that it entails in the tissues surrounding the teeth.
Who performs endodontic treatment?
Because endodontists have undertaken studies and specific training, many general dentists refer their treatments to them.
What is the benefit of endodontic treatment?
Endodontic treatment prevents the extraction of the tooth, which otherwise would have to be replaced by a dental implant with high manufacturing costs and the inevitable adjustment period.
What is root canal?
It is an endodontic treatment that involves the total removal of the tooth pulp, mistakenly called nerve, inside the tooth, the complete disinfection of root canals and its filling sealed with an inert material.
What is pulp disease?
When tooth decay and bacteria have penetrated deep dentin, the pulp becomes infected and inflamed causing significant discomfort, requiring the assistance of the endodontist.
When is it appropriate to perform a root canal?
When the patient presents a spontaneous dental pain that is persistent and particularly sensitive to thermal changes (cold and /or hot). Moreover, when the patient has suffered severe dental trauma involving the exposure of the dental pulp. Also when the patient has a severe, painful swelling related to teeth with deep decay, defective fillings, or artificial crowns misalignment.
What is the sequence of a root canal Treatment?
1. It begins with adequate clinical and radiographic examination, and the application of a local
2. Then the tooth is surrounded with plastic latex to prevent salivary concentration during treatment.
3. The decay is removed and we prepare a path to the pulp, which is entirely removed from both crown and root (s).
4. Then with adequate instruments the canals are shaped and cleaned up until achieving disinfection.
5. Finally the canals are filled with an inert material under the effect of condensation, material which will replace the pulp from now on.
6. The cavity is covered with temporary cement, which will be subsequently replaced by a prosthetic restoration that is more appropriate.
Can all teeth be endodontically treated?
Endodontic treatment can be performed only if the root canals are accessible and can be adequately traceable, disinfected, and filled. Fortunately, only occasionally are there teeth that cannot be treatable.
How many appointments are required for root canal?
Currently, 90% of treatments are performed in one appointment, but sometimes it takes two or three sessions since every case is different.
How long will an endodontically-treated tooth keep in good condition?
In most cases dealt with, the tooth has retained the same opportunity as other teeth, provided it has been properly restored, and the patient has maintained adequate control of oral hygiene and also that regular dental examinations have been carried out.
Does Root Canal Treatment hurt?
With proper use of modern anesthetics and the new computer technology, root canal treatment involves little or no discomfort during its performance.
Do you suffer discomfort after a root canal?
Because in most cases, prior to the treatment the tooth and peripheral tissues are sore, the patient is advised not to crush food with that tooth until restored properly because besides being likely to get pressure-sensitive horizontally and vertically, we avoid the risk of fracture.
Do teeth with root canal treatment change color?
Although other factors may influence, usually when treatment is successful, the tooth will never change color.
What special care does a tooth require after endodontic treatment?
It is necessary to restore the tooth properly within a reasonable period of time (up to 4 weeks) upon completion of endodontics. Besides, we inform the patient the need to resort to subsequent visits