Problems like decay disease or injury can threaten teeth and ruin smiles. Thanks to advances in treatment and technology, many teeth can be saved with root canal treatments.
There are several benefits for this treatment besides saving teeth, it also eliminates infection on necrotic pulps and alleviates acute pain.
How a root canal treatment works?
One way a tooth can be saved is with a procedure called root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment.
Endodontics is a specialized area of dentistry focused on treating disease or injury to the dental pulp and dough. Our dental specialists with advanced training in root canal treatment are experts in saving your natural teeth. Using state-of-the-art technologies like microscopes and digital imaging, they can treat you quickly and comfortably.
Let us take a step-by-step look at a modern root canal procedure. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel, there is a hard tissue called dentin. Inside the dentin, there is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels; it extends from the crown of the tooth into the roots of your teeth. If the pulp becomes inflamed or infected, your endodontist will remove it, relieving your pain or discomfort.
First, your endodontist will numb the tooth so that you won’t feel anything during the procedure. A small shield isolates the tooth keeping it dry and clean. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth. Into the pulp chamber, fluid is put in the canals to kill any bacteria.
Then the pulp is removed using small instruments. The endodontist carefully cleans and shapes the canals. After space is cleaned and shaped, the endodontist fills and seals the root canals. In most cases, a temporary filling is placed to close the opening until you see your dentist. After your endodontist is finished, you must return to your dentist to have your tooth adequately restored with a filling or crown that protects the tooth. A tooth that has had root canal treatment lasts a lifetime, so you can keep smiling with confidence.
Are you ready to get one or several dental implants ?
Missing teeth should always be replaced, as otherwise, the remaining teeth may move to cause the bite to collapse. Correcting this can be costly and complicated. Before deciding on dental implant treatment, your dentist will take a complete medical and dental evaluation and develop a plan. This is to ensure you do not have any health conditions that could make surgery inadvisable. Also, the dentist will use some different diagnostic tools such as CT scans or dental x-rays. Implants can be placed with precision, and with minimal risk.
The process for having dental implants involves two separate surgical procedures. The initial surgery is to place the implant post in the jawbone and is usually carried under a local anesthetic. An incision is made in the gum tissue before a hole is precisely created.
The second surgical procedure is shorter and takes place between three and eight months later, at which stage the implant will be exposed and evaluated. This is a process to determine if the implant post has successfully locked into the jawbone. At this point, it may be necessary to make some changes. If the implant has failed to close in, then it may need to be removed.
Options at this stage can include changing the implant or placing the implant at a different area. If the implant post has been successful, then the second surgical procedure is to create an opening in the gum to expose the implant and placing a post known as a healing cap. This is so a tooth can be attached that will extend above the gum line into the mouth. The cap is used to shape the gum tissue to give support to the crown or bridge. The final phase is to thread a metal sleeve know as an abutment into the implant, and this will be used to hold the crown, bridge, or denture firmly in position. At this stage, your final prosthesis can be constructed.
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