Root Canal Treatment: Preserving the Tooth

Endodontics is the specialized field of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, management and treatment of the infected dental pulp/nerve of the teeth, the surrounding gums and bony tissue. It is commonly known as root canal treatment.

Endodontics is needed when you have a toothache, i.e. there is pain associated with your teeth, a condition known as acute pulpitis. This arises when the pulpal tissue/nerves of the teeth are inflamed due to a variety of factors like decay, trauma, large and deep fillings or insults to the tooth.

Root canal treatment is about saving teeth, rather than removing them. In the past, the only way to treat teeth with disease was to extract them. Now, thanks to modern dental techniques, we are able to save damaged teeth more than 90% of the time. According to your dedicated dentists in Preston; signs to look for diseased pulp ; include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discolouration of the tooth, and swelling, tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms.

 How Do We save your Tooth through Endodontic Treatment ?

Each tooth has its own nervous and vascular system known as a pulp. For a variety of reasons the pulp of a tooth may become infected with bacteria usually as a result of tooth decay or injury. Because the pulp is in a confined space its ability to overcome infection is quite limited and it is destroyed. Eventually an abscess forms in the pulp canal and spreads to the adjacent tissues resulting in pain and swelling.

Your cosmetic dentists in Preston: Dr. Kaviani & Dr. Tehranian remove the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully clean and shape the inside of the canal, a channel inside the root, then fills and seals the space. Afterwards, your dentist in Preston will fully restore the tooth with a crown or other restoration on the tooth to protect and re-establish it to full function; thereafter the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

 

Pain-management during and after Root Canal Treatment!

The perception of endodontic therapy being painful began decades ago when root canal treatment methods were quite primitive and painful. But with the latest technologies and anaesthetics, root canal treatment today is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. In fact, a recent survey showed that patients who have experienced root canal treatment are six times more likely to describe it as “painless” than patients who leave their infected teeth untreated.

For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. To prevent possible soreness, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications are recommended for a few days. Your dedicated cosmetic dentists in Preston can prescribe other medications, but they are rarely required.