Endodontics / Root
Canals

Endodontics

Endodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry focused on diagnosing and treating issues related to the dental pulp and tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. The most common endodontic procedure is root canal therapy, which aims to save a severely damaged or infected tooth from extraction.

Root Canal

Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning and shaping the root canal system, and then sealing the tooth with a biocompatible material. This procedure not only eliminates pain and infection but also preserves the tooth’s structure and function. At Apolonia Dental, our skilled endodontic team is dedicated to providing expert care and ensuring patient comfort during root canal treatments. Schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and learn more about the benefits of endodontic therapy.

Root Canal Treatment Explained

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure designed to save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction. The treatment focuses on the removal of infected or inflamed dental pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. When left untreated, the infection can spread, leading to severe pain and potential tooth loss.

The root canal treatment process typically involves several steps:
Diagnosis: Your dentist will perform a thorough examination, including X-rays, to determine the extent of the damage or infection and confirm if a root canal treatment is necessary.

Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the affected area, ensuring patient comfort during the procedure.

Access Opening: A small opening is made in the tooth’s crown to access the pulp chamber.

Pulp Removal: The infected or inflamed pulp is carefully removed using specialized dental instruments.
Cleaning and Shaping: The root canals are cleaned, enlarged, and shaped to prepare them for filling.

Disinfection: The canals are disinfected to eliminate any remaining bacteria and prevent reinfection.

Filling: A biocompatible material called gutta-percha is used to fill and seal the root canals, preventing future infection.

Temporary Filling: A temporary filling is placed on the access opening to protect the tooth until a permanent restoration is completed.

Permanent Restoration: In a follow-up appointment, the temporary filling is replaced with a permanent restoration, such as a dental crown, to restore the tooth’s functionality and appearance.

Root canal treatment has a high success rate, and a properly treated tooth can last a lifetime with good oral care. The procedure not only alleviates pain and infection but also helps maintain your natural tooth structure and function.

Is it Painful to get Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment has a reputation for being painful, but with modern dental techniques and anesthesia, the procedure is typically much more comfortable than most people expect. In fact, the purpose of a root canal is to alleviate the pain caused by the infection or inflammation of the dental pulp.
Before starting the procedure, your dentist will administer local anesthesia to numb the affected area, ensuring that you remain comfortable throughout the treatment. Most patients report that the sensation is similar to having a dental filling placed.
It’s normal to experience some discomfort or mild pain after the anesthesia wears off, but this can usually be managed with
over-the-counter pain relievers and should subside within a few days. If you experience severe pain or swelling that persists or worsens, it’s essential to contact your dentist, as it may indicate a complication or the need for further treatment.
In summary, while a root canal treatment may cause some discomfort, it is generally not an overly painful procedure. With appropriate anesthesia and care, the process can be managed comfortably, ultimately providing relief from the pain caused by the tooth infection or damage.

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