What is a root canal?
A root canal is the internal structure of a tooth. Every tooth has a root canal. The root canal is a cavity, inside the root of the tooth. The inside of the root canal contains the pulp, capillaries, etc. The normal dental row of a healthy adult contains 32 teeth, and the number of root canals in a premolar is usually 1. The first premolar is usually 2, while molars usually have 3-4 root canals, and the number of root canals varies from person to person.
What is a root canal procedure?
Tooth decay and fracture tend to cause bacterial infection inside the root canal. When the inflammatory secretion inside the root canal presses on the tooth nerve, the tooth feels pain. Teeth are very hard tissues and root canals are very small and cannot be expanded. The tooth pain caused by root canal infection is so intense that injections and medications cannot relieve the pain. When the pulp suffers from infection or irreversible damage, the dentist performs root canal therapy to remove the pulp nerve in order to relieve the patient’s pain.
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is one of the most effective methods of treating endodontic and periapical disease. It is a procedure used in dentistry to treat pulpal necrosis and root infections. The procedure preserves the tooth and is thus complementary to tooth extraction. Root canal surgery removes the bacterially infected pulp from the root canal. The patient’s toothache problem can be completely resolved.
How long does a root canal procedure take to complete?
Root canal treatment starts with an anti-inflammatory procedure before the root canal can be performed. The procedure lasts about a week and the dentist will schedule the treatment to suit each individual. Patients typically require one to three visits to the clinic. At each visit, the front teeth of the tooth take 20 minutes. The grinding of the teeth takes 40 minutes. With advances in technology and materials, one-time root canal treatment is being accepted by more doctors and patients.
Specific steps of root canal treatment
The dentist uses a small drill tool to drill through the surface of the tooth.
The dentist uses an instrument with a soft barb to repeatedly insert into the root canal to clean out the infected pulp.
The dentist cleans the root canal to eliminate the bacteria inside the root canal.
The dentist fills the root canal with a special material. The root canal will remain sterile for a long time.
The dentist uses the filling material to fill the tooth drilled in step 1
Is root canal treatment safe?
Root canal treatment has many steps and is difficult. The dentist needs to use many instruments during the procedure. The technology of root canal surgery is now relatively mature, and clinical reports show that the success rate of root canal treatment is about 80% to 90%. And the root canal removal surgery is the best treatment to preserve the tooth.
Is root canal treatment costly?
The cost of root canal treatment is influenced by many factors. The experience of the dentist, the microscope the dentist uses during the procedure, and all of the above factors make a difference in the price. An experienced root canal specialist can charge more than a general dentist. The dentist’s use of a microscope enhances the success rate of root canal treatment, therefore, the dentist’s use of a microscope during the procedure is more expensive.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
Root canal therapy completely removes the patient’s necrotic, inflamed pulp from the inside of the root canal of the tooth. Dental instruments are inserted deep into the patient’s root canal and the instruments are painful to the patient. If the dentist gives the aid of anesthesia, the patient will feel no pain during the procedure. Many patients are afraid of root canal treatment because they are afraid of pain. Remember, you let the dentist give you the anesthetic.