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Endodontics (Root-Canal Treatment)

This treatment method is used in cases where the nerve (pulp) inside the tooth is damaged or died due to caries or trauma.

It is the process of removing the nerves in the tooth, shaping the channels in the tooth roots and eliminating microorganisms and then filling the expanded channels.

Subsequently, restorations such as filling, porcelain, crowns, inlays are made to the upper part of the tooth according to the loss of the material and decided by your dentist and the aesthetic and functional continuity of the tooth is ensured.

Why is root canal treatment done?

It is done in order to keep all the bad teeth with painful inflammation that may be lost due to caries or trauma by eliminating the infected parts so that they can maintain functionality in the mouth for a long time, and therefore prevent more advanced treatment later on that will challenge you both financially and morally. The tooth remaining in your mouth with root canal treatment might be dead but it will continue to help chewing at least as your own tooth, thus preventing melting of the jaw bone by keeping the bone active in that region.

How long is the life of a tooth that has had root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is a treatment that prevents tooth extraction and gives the tooth one last chance. As a result of a root canal treatment, the tooth can function in the mouth for a lifetime. However, teeth that have undergone root canal treatment may be more brittle than natural teeth.

Is root canal treatment risky?

The success rate of a root canal treatment carried out properly according to the rules is 90% – 95% on average. If the root canal is broken during treatment or if the root canals cannot be cleaned completely (root blockage, etc.), re-canal treatment is tried and if unsuccessful, surgical procedures are used to try to save the tooth.

How is Root canal treatment carried out and how long does it take?

The patient is anesthetized and the tooth decay is removed and a cavity is opened into the tooth. The pulp chamber is reached and through this part of the tooth, channels are entered with special tools and disinfected for cleaning the bacteria, then the pulp chamber and canals are filled with various drugs according to the situation and closed with temporary filling. This process may take several sessions. In some cases, root canal treatment can be completed in a single session, teeth with inflammation and abscesses that need draining and dressing prolong the treatment. After the tooth is healed, the canal filling is completed. How long this takes depends on the condition of your tooth,

Considerations for root canal treatment.

Do not use your teeth to chew hard foods between canal treatment sessions. Your tooth may break because it has a temporary filling. You may complain of pain between sessions, consult your physician for dressing. There may be swelling on your face between sessions. There is nothing to worry about, it is a reaction of microorganisms and is corrected with dressings. Inform your physician.

What happens after root canal treatment?

After the end of your root canal treatment, inflammation in natural tissues will last for a few days, so you may complain of pain when you press on your tooth. During this period, you should avoid any pressure on that area. After a while, your complaint will go away. If necessary, you can use pain medication recommended by your dentist. If this does help and the pain continues to increase, consult your dentist. Since the teeth undergoing root canal treatment lose their vitality, their flexibility decreases. Therefore, the risk of fracture is very high. Please take your dentist’s recommendations for the optimal restoration into consideration because that will allow you to use this tooth for a long time. If the root canals are filled and material loss is minor, a normal filling is required, however if the material loss is excessive, a porcelain filling (inlay) is required to support the remaining tooth walls and prevent their breakage in the future. If you do not have any tooth walls left, it is best to make a crown that is supported by the root canal. Root canal treatment is carried out under local anesthesia and therefore painless. A cavity is opened in the visible crown of the tooth that appears in the mouth to the nerve layer of the tooth (pulp) to enter into the jawbone root part of the tooth. The nerves of the tooth are found in the root canals.