During the day, do you experience oral sensitivity? Are you concerned about any of your teeth? This is understandably concerning, and everybody is fearful of their oral health when they’re in pain.
When you experience pain, the first thing that probably springs to mind is for the tooth be removed entirely. Well, we’re here to tell you that this isn’t entirely true.
A tooth can be decayed but still be saved. The common procedure that can save the tooth is a root canal. It is designed to save the remains of the natural tooth and to prevent any further infection.
If you’re seeking root canal treatment, we have everything you need to know right here!
From understanding the procedure, costings and answering your commonly asked questions, read on to learn everything about root canal treatment.
When bacteria penetrate the centre of the tooth, this is what’s known as the pulp. The pulp consists of sensitive nerves and blood vessels inside the canal which becomes infected or inflamed. This leads to sensitivity within the tooth.
When an infection forms, this is bad news for your oral health. This is where root canal treatment is necessary. Root canal treatment is the process of disinfecting and cleaning the affected tooth, or the pulp cavity within the tooth to ensure the infection that has spread to the root of the tooth doesn’t spread to neighbouring teeth.
The dentist uses a special fluid to access the centre of the tooth to clean and disinfect it. Without this, the nerve tissue can become infected which can lead to a dental abscess.
When the pulp is infected, this is particularly dangerous to your oral health. This leads to many oral concerns such as severe tooth decay, large fillings, a crack in the tooth or gum irritation.
You may also experience swelling to other areas of the face and degenerated bone loss. Your natural teeth are embedded into the jawbone, and the jawbone that anchors the teeth is known as the alveolar bone. When the alveolar bone doesn’t receive the appropriate stimulation, the bone deteriorates which can lead to teeth falling out.
Root canal treatment is typically carried out by the dentist over two or more appointments. The length and amount of appointments also depends on the state of your oral health and whether further treatment is necessary to position your oral health for root canal treatment.
Below is what you should typically expect within a root canal appointment.
NOTE: Where the dentist determines that the tooth is severely decayed beyond repair, tooth extraction treatment will be administered to remove the tooth as soon as possible to avoid the spread of decay. Click here to learn all things tooth extraction.
In order to experience long-term satisfaction of your root canal, immediately after treatment, it is important that you adopt these aftercare tips, so your root canal works for you and your oral health.
|What You Should Do||What You Shouldn’t Do|
|Reduce stress on the tooth as much as possible||Do not take painkillers not prescribed by the dentist|
|Maintain regularly positive oral hygiene||Do not brush aggressively|
|Begin incorporating softer and calcium foods in your diet||Reduce the amount of chewy foods you eat|
|Book regular dental check-ups||Do not skip any dental check-ups|
People have been misled about root canal treatment for years. A stigma formed over the years where false research determined that root canal treatment is unsafe and dangerous to oral health with the possibility of experiencing heart complications.
These myths were formed back in the 1920s and are still believed today. Weston Price, a well renowned theoretical dentist came up with these myths based on failed testing which was portrayed as accurate. It was believed that root canal treatment contained harmful toxins to cause general illness such as cancer.
Here are some of the other root canal myths that were formed:
oot canal offers essential benefits to our oral health. Nothing can be better than preserving your natural tooth, and here’s why.
Patients have had the belief that any sensitivity experienced from the tooth should be extracted entirely. Doing this does more harm to your oral health than good. The misconception is that it is safer for a decayed tooth to be removed.
However, doing this means:
Root canal treatment only delivers benefits to your oral health. Where a tooth can be saved, the first point of call from the dentist is to administer root canal treatment. Be assured that this procedure preserves your oral health for the better.
There are rare occasions where the root canal procedure has caused complications. It is important that you are aware of what these are. Please note, if any of these occur, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Let’s get into the possible root canal complications you could experience post-treatment.
This isn’t a reason to panic. One of the certainties is you’re likely to experience sensitivity once the root canal is fitted. But the above complications are only likely to occur where root canal treatment goes wrong or the treatment was inadequate. Rest assured, you’re in the capable hands of the dentist who will ensure these complications are minimized and never occur.
There are variety of cost factors that need to be considered, particularly the treatment each individual requires. Here is a general cost breakdown of a root canal.
|Procedure Breakdown||Associated Cost|
|Root Canal Procedure||$1700-$2000|
These costs are average breakdown costs. However, the static cost depends on a number of factors:
Whilst the above is a base average cost of a root canal, your oral health needs will factor in the static cost. Speak to your dentist to get a final quote.
Disinfect and Clean
Apply temporary filling
Shape the root canal
Apply the crown
Minimum: 2 Maximum: 3
Regular brush and floss
Softer food diet
Book regular check-ups
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