It is now possible to keep your teeth all your life. The root canal treatment avoids the extraction of an infected tooth in depth.

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is generally painless since it is performed under local anesthesia. It rather helps to eliminate the pain caused by a tooth whose root (nerve) is infected either by decay or abscess.

When pain and swelling become unbearable, a root canal becomes necessary. The dentist may also use a root canal if, for example, he needs to pause a pivot or a crown. He will then use the tooth canal as a support.

The root canal

The living part of a tooth is located in the gum inside a canal containing the nerve of the tooth and blood vessels. In order to preserve the outer part of the tooth and thus avoid problems of aesthetics or chewing, the dentist will focus on the inner part of the tooth.

Before proceeding, he makes sure of the diagnosis by taking an X-ray of the tooth. The procedure begins by surrounding the tooth with sterilized wipes in order to isolate it from other teeth and thus stop the danger of contamination.

Under local anesthesia, the dentist pierces the center of the tooth, joins the canal in the gum, cleans and removes all that is infected and applies disinfectants. It ends by filling the channel with specially designed materials to obstruct the cavity. The final step is, depending on the case, the installation of a crown, a sealing or the application of porcelain to cover the tooth and protect it.

After treatment

Following the treatment, the disappearance of the sensitivity or the pain is quite fast. In most cases, a few days are enough. Medications can be prescribed if necessary. Complete healing can range from a few weeks to a few months depending on the individual. The dentist will perform a check after one year using an X-ray of the treated tooth. The success rate is almost 100%. On the other hand, in very rare cases, the dentist may need to perform a second procedure.

Maintain good dental hygiene

A root canal treats the tooth internally only. A treated tooth may be decayed if dental hygiene is neglected. It is therefore recommended to brush and clean your teeth on a regular basis to maintain good dental hygiene and keep your teeth healthy. A root canal cannot be performed if a tooth is too damaged or too loose (moving tooth).

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