You are probably here because your Endodontist recommended you to get root canal treatment. Do not let the name intimidate you. Root canal treatment is just like any other type of medication meant to make you better. Without further ado, let us answer the ten most frequently asked questions, which you probably have.
What exactly is Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment (endodontic) treats the inner parts of the tooth. This type of treatment becomes necessary should the pulp become infected or inflamed. Such issues are caused by various factors like decay, deep tooth cracks, faulty crowns, and repeated dental procedures. During the root canal procedure, the infected part is carefully removed, disinfected, and finally restored with a crown or filling.
Is root canal treatment painful?
Root canal procedure is supposed to relieve you of pain and not to cause it. When soft nerve tissues in your teeth become damaged, the pain can sometimes become unbearable. Here is where root canal treatment comes to rescue. During the procedure, local anesthesia is used to calm the nerves making the whole process painless. However, one might feel some discomfort after the treatment. The pain can be neutralized by painkillers which your dentist will recommend.
Why should I see the Endodontist? (Root canal specialist)
If your tooth gets infected, there are two options; either you save it or have it removed altogether. You can always remove your tooth and replace it with a synthetic one. But nothing beats having natural teeth in your mouth. An endodontist has more experience than a regular general dentist. He or she will use the best technology to detect precisely where the problem might be. After the treatment, it will not even seem as if you had any issues with your natural tooth.
What happens during the procedure?
Usually, the affected area is numbed to prevent pain. A tiny hole is drilled to access where the pulp chambers and canals are found. The tissue with the disease is removed as the pulp chambers, and canals get disinfected. The front teeth have one root each and one canal. The back teeth have either two or three roots and the corresponding number of canals. Those canals are filled up with some inert material before being sealed with adhesive cement. The tiny hole which was drilled is also filled.
What happens after a root canal procedure?
Majority of the patients who have undergone a root canal procedure experience very minimal to no discomfort after the treatment. For a few days after the treatment, the tooth will remain ‘achy’. However, this pain can be minimized through over the counter medication or anti-inflammatory drugs. Moreover, depending on the cause of your toothache, your Endodontist will prescribe some antibiotics or other medicines which will maximize your comfort.
Will I eat like I usually do after getting root canal treatment?
After getting a root canal, the tooth will become sensitive for a couple of days. You will be instructed to avoid chewing hard foods on that tooth until it is permanently filled. Depending on how much of your tooth was initially damaged, your Endodontist might recommend you keep off certain foods until the tooth is completely healed. It will be wise also to keep off scorching and freezing foods and drinks as they will only make things worse.
What happens if I am advised to get a root canal, but I end up not doing so?
There might be other alternatives such as extraction. But as we advised earlier, there is no greater feeling compared to having your natural tooth. If you do not get the treatment as prescribed by the dentist, the infection will spread, and an abscess will form. The disease will have spread to the jawbone and other surrounding tissues when an abscess is formed.
If not treated in time, you will have to address the teeth which are close to the originally affected one. In the worst case scenario, such teeth ought to be removed. This infection might even spread further, if not properly treated early enough. It can affect other tissues of the face, the floor of the mouth, and in few (but possible) cases, the brain.
How will I tell if I have developed abscess?
Pain and swelling are significant symptoms of an abscessed tooth. The swelling is the least pleasant thing as it can come with some pus, decaying bacteria & white blood cells. Below are other signs and symptoms you should look for when you have an abscessed tooth:
- Severe pain in the region where the affected tooth is
- General discomfort and uneasiness
- You will experience some fever
- Swollen neck glands
- There is sharp pain when chewing
- Gums start swelling and start turning reddish & also become tender
- There is always a bitter taste in the mouth
- Foul breath
- The teeth become very sensitive to cold or hot meals
- There is a swollen area of the upper or lower jaw
Is there a way an anxious patient can be helped when getting a root canal treatment?
Anxiety and dental phobia are a significant concern, and if you are one of such people, do not worry. You are many. When a patient has a gag reflex, fear or anxiety, physical and mental illness, root canal treatment can be done under general anesthesia or deep sedation. If you fall under the category mentioned above, please speak to your Endodontist first. Highly-trained endodontists in Dubai know precisely what to do under such situations.
How can I avoid root canal treatment in the future?
Maintaining high standards of dental hygiene is the surest way of keeping away from the need of a root canal in the foreseeable future. Eating healthy means minimizing on too much sugar and acidic beverages such as coffee or soda. Regular professional checkups and cleaning should also be added to your to-do list.
If you need root canal treatment in dubai should be performed by professionals. Lucky for you, some of the best endodontists in Dubai are just around the corner. Book an appointment with smart doctors today!