Root Canal Treatment

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Sometimes, you may wonder if there could be a viable way to preserve a severely decayed, infected, or dying tooth. And no prosthetic tooth restoration, with the exception of a dental implant, can fully reinstate the function of a lost tooth. Here comes root canal: Root canal, or endodontic treatment, is a way to save a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity or injury.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, also called endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that involves cleaning the canals inside the root of a tooth. It’s a common treatment for teeth that are infected, inflamed, or necrotic. Over time, teeth may develop deep cavities. If untreated, these cavities can allow bacteria to reach the tooth’s inner pulp, leading to infection and inflammation of the pulp tissue. 

What is the Aim of the Treatment?

The primary goal of root canal treatment is to remove the infected or dead pulp, clean and disinfect the tooth’s interior, and then fill and seal the tooth to prevent further infection. This treatment can alleviate pain and preserve the natural tooth, which helps maintain proper chewing function and oral health.

When Do You Need a Root Canal Treatment?

You may need a root canal if you have a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, or problems with the previous dental filling. Here is a list of the most common symptoms that might suggest you need root canal treatment:

  • Excruciating pain when biting or chewing
  • A cracked or chipped tooth
  • Tooth sensitivity lingering on, even after the source of sensitivity is removed
  • Swelling in the gums
  • Darkening of gums or deep decay
  • Face swelling in some cases

Note: These are just signs and symptoms and the final authorisation regarding the provision of treatment will be decided on the recommendation of a qualified dentist.

Root Canal Treatment

Before starting the root canal procedure, our endodontist will evaluate your medical history and conduct an oral examination to gather sufficient information. After that, they will perform tests such as electric pulp testing, percussion, or palpation testing to determine the root cause of the infection. Once they diagnose the issue, they will start proceeding with the procedure. The root canal procedure generally involves the following steps:

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  • The dentist will administer local anesthesia before the treatment to desensitise the affected tooth and surrounding soft tissues. They may also consider other options like oral sedatives, nitrous oxide, or IV sedation to help you relax.
  • They will place a dental dam over the affected tooth to keep it dry and isolate it from other teeth during the treatment.
  • The dentist or endodontist will drill through the tooth enamel and dentin to create a small hole in the crown, accessing the tooth pulp.
  • Next, they will use tiny instruments to remove the tooth pulp through that small hole. This pulp extraction clears the infected dental nerves and blood vessels from the tooth’s inner chamber and the entire root length, ridding that tooth of its pain-causing infection.
  • Once the pulp has been removed, the dentist will clean and disinfect the tooth’s inner chamber and narrow canals.
  • They will fill the canals with a rubbery substance called gutta-percha.
  • Tooth sealing: In this step, the dentist will place a temporary filling to prevent bacteria from entering the treated area of the tooth.
  • Finally, the dentist will place a crown over the treated tooth. It is the final step of the procedure and is imperative to restore your bite aesthetics and function.

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Root Canal Treatment for Kids

Children are often prone to dental cavities because their diets are rich in sweets, chocolates, candies, and toffees, making them vulnerable to bacterial infections. Here, the majority of parents make a mistake by thinking that since milk teeth eventually fall out, there is no need to go to a dentist. In order to ensure good dental health, timely treatment is necessary. Also, untreated infections can have more severe consequences, including damage to the underlying tooth bud.

How Long is Root Canal Recovery?

The recovery time of a root canal procedure usually lasts a week. You may feel mild discomfort during this time, which you can manage with pain medication. Call your healthcare provider for help if there is persistent or severe pain.

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost in Dubai?

The cost of a root canal treatment in Dubai is between AED 1500-2200. This wide range of price is because of several cost determining factors, such as the number of teeth being treated, the expertise of the endodontist, the geographical location of the clinic and other after-care medicines.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

Contrary to the common perception, a root canal treatment is not much painful. This treatment is generally performed under anesthesia or sedatives, meaning you will be relaxed during the procedure. You may have mild discomfort once the effect of anesthesia wears off. This discomfort lasts a few days and is generally manageable with pain medications.

How Long Do Root Canals Take?

Root canal therapy may require one to two treatment sessions, depending on the amount of infection inside the tooth. The length of an average treatment session can last anywhere between half an hour to two hours, depending on the severity of the infection.

What are the 3 Stages of Root Canal Treatment?

The three stages of root canal treatment include:

  • Extirpation, which involves nerve removal, infection control, and tooth medication.
  • Instrumentation, which involves detailed cleaning to make the tooth bacteria-free.
  • Obturation, which involves filling the tooth’s empty chamber with a specialised rubbery material called gutta-percha.

How Can I Prevent a Root Canal Naturally?

A root canal procedure is the best way to salvage a tooth when a bacterial infection has spread to the nerves and vessels within it. But it is even better not to need root canal treatment in the first place. The good news is it is possible with the following measures.

  • Brush your teeth twice daily
  • Floss at least once every day
  • Avoid biting on hard candies and lollipops
  • Pay special attention to weaker teeth, particularly those with restorations
  • Do not chew on ice
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports to avoid injuries
  • Stay away from acidic foods and drinks
  • Visit your dentist immediately if you notice pain in a tooth

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