Endodontics – Root Canal
At JP dental, a team of highly skilled specialist solely committed to the field of root canal treatment and the diagnosis and treatment of dental pain and infection. Our state-of-the-art practice offer patients a comfortable experience and outstanding care for patients.
Digital X-ray Technology
Digital Radiovisiography is the latest X-ray technology in dentistry. Digital radiovisograph is equipped with special image analysis software. It provides high quality dental images which can be analysed and processed. It is possible to enlarge the images and save it in the patient’s file
The digital radiovisiography accurately measures the length of the root canal by locating the exact point of narrowing of the canal using impedance measurement.
The rotary root canal system is an electrically driven handpiece which rotates nickel-titanium files to efficiently remove bacteria and debris from the canals of a tooth. The files are engineered to improve cutting power and remove debris effectively. This system has numerous benefits as compared to cleaning the canals of the tooth by hand filing.
The improved technique incorporated by the rotary system ensures a high success rate for root canal treatment.
About root canal therapy
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small, thread-like nerve tissue in the centre of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal. In the past, teeth with diseased or injured pulps were removed. Today, root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be lost.
What Makes a Root Canal Necessary?
The following are the most common factors contributing to a need for root canal treatment:
- Infection or permanent damage to the tooth’s pulp: Commonly this is the result of an untreated cavity, which allows the bacteria to enter and infect the pulp. When antibiotic treatment is not effective in treating it.
- Traumas, such as a physical blow to a tooth
- Physical irritation caused by a deep decay or a very large filling
- Severe gum disease
- Lack of tooth structure caused by grinding, wear or toothbrush abrasion
- Chronic tooth pain caused by contact with hot and cold liquids
- Pain from pressure or biting down
- Danger of a spreading infection
Regardless of the initial cause, the tooth pulp becomes irritated and swollen. This pressure buildup can cause pain, sometimes accompanied by swelling of the face. Sometimes the deterioration of the pulp happens so gradually that little pain is felt. Regardless of the amount of pain felt, if there is sign of a diseased pulp, the nerve tissue must be removed. If left for toot long, the bone surrounding the tooth may become infected and abscessed, which may lead to the destruction of the bone surrounding the tooth.
Signs and Symptoms
In case of pulp infection, no pain is felt at first. Pain and swelling occur if the infection is left untreated. An abscess may develop. Finally, extraction f tooth is necessitated. A list of indications of the need for root canal treatment follows here:
- Touching, pushing, or biting down on a tooth makes it hurt
- Tooth is sensitive to heat and cold for more than a few seconds
- Swelling near the tooth
- Discoloration of tooth (with or without pain)
- Broken tooth
What Happens During Treatment?
- We determine through x-rays and a clinical examination that root canal treatment is necessary.
- Antibiotics may be prescribed to hasten healing and reduce swelling
- An anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area. An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp.
- The necrotic pulp is removed down to the apex of the tooth. The root canal area inside your tooth is cleaned, enlarged and shaped. The dental laser to remove debris and bacteria from inside the tooth. Then, depending on your individual case, the root canal and pulp chamber may be permanently filled and sealed at this appointment.
Once the root canal treatment has been completed, you should consider the following:
Dental crown – a non-vital (endodontically treated) tooth is more brittle than a vital one and is more susceptible to fracture. Therefore, in most cases, we recommend that your root canal tooth be crowned (capped) following treatment.
You may notice that your endodontically treated tooth (especially a front tooth) has undergone a change in color. Though this discoloration is of no medical concern, you may be interested in having the teeth whitened. Be sure to ask us about tooth whitening if we do not decide to place a crown on the tooth.
How Long Will the Restored Tooth Last?
Your treated and restored tooth/teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. Because tooth decay can still occur in treated teeth, good oral hygiene and regular dental exams are necessary to prevent further problems.