Endodontics (Canal Treatment)?
Endodontics is a branch dealing with the treatment of root canals in teeth. Beneath the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth “pulp” There is a section called the vein and nerve package that provides the vitality of the tooth. In the crown of the tooth “pulp chamber” This part, which is named after, extends to the end of the tooth roots. In case of inflammation of the pulp for any reason, the nerve of the tooth should be removed, the canals should be sterilized and then filled.
In general damage to the soft tooth layer; In ancient practices, teeth were extracted. However, with the root canal treatment applied to the teeth in today’s technology, the only solution is no longer tooth extraction.
Why Root Canal Treatment?
If the living tissue or pulp, also called nerves, in the root canals of the tooth is inflamed or cannot maintain its vitality, root canal treatment is required.
Because this tissue does not have the ability to renew and repair itself like other tissues in the body. Processes such as deep caries, filling on the tooth, tooth cutting; Fractures and cracks in the tooth can lead to inflammation of the pulp. In addition, trauma to the tooth can lead to inflammation and damage to the pulp, even if there is no crack or decay in the tooth. If the inflamed pulp is not treated, it will cause pain and abscess.
How Do You Know You Need Root Canal Treatment?
- Prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold,
- Pain when chewing or inability to chew comfortably,
- Pain that starts on its own, especially at night,
- Discoloration of the tooth, swelling, pain in the lymph nodes near the tooth or swelling felt by the hand.
Who Performs Root Canal Treatment?
All dentists learn the basic principles and application of root canal treatment.
However, general dentists usually refer their patients to the Endodontist, who is a root canal specialist.
How Does Root Canal Treatment Save The Tooth?
The endodontist removes the inflamed or damaged pulp (vascular-nerve bundle) in the root canal of the tooth, carefully and carefully cleans and shapes the root canals, and then fills the root canal. After root canal treatment, a filling or porcelain coating is applied to your tooth. After all these procedures, your tooth continues to function like other teeth.
Is pain felt during root canal treatment?
Thanks to modern anesthetic techniques and substances, pain during treatment is minimized. There may be sensitivity or pain in the teeth for a few days after the treatment.
Taking painkillers for all these complaints may be recommended by your doctor.
Can Root Canal Treatment Be Done to All Teeth?
Some teeth may not be saved with root canal treatment. The main reasons are the inability to enter the canals, fractures in the roots, insufficient bone support, or the tooth being too damaged to be restored.
Does Root Canal Treatment Kill the Tooth?
”Canal treatment kills the tooth” thought does not reflect reality. After the living tissue in the tooth is removed with root canal treatment, the tooth becomes insensitive to heat and cold, but it continues to function with the vessels or nerves coming from the jawbone and surrounding tissues and is attached to the bone. With the help of a suitable filling or restoration after the treatment, you can chew very easily or use your tooth as a prosthetic foot.