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Effects Of Root Canal Treatment

A root canal treatment is the most common form of emergency dental treatment in the world. This is what most patients who have to get an emergency treatment done get, and ti si a painful and rather nasty procedure. These procedures are painful and unpleasant and it is best to go without them, but when a root canal becomes necessary, it is the only way to alleviate pain and suffering. So first off, what is a root canal treatment?

Root canal treatments

A root canal treatment is necessary when a tooth is infected thoroughly. This means that the tooth has been breached, and the bacterial infection has crawled up the tooth. The bacteria will have breached the surface enamel, have gotten past the dentine, and will have started to reside in the root of the tooth. During the root canal treatment, the tooth pulp is removed, and the root canals drilled and enlarged. Afterwards an antibiotic filling is put into the root, and then left there for a maximum of 3-4 days. The process is repeated until all of the bacteria in and near the tooth is dead. Once it is dead, the root and the tooth pulp are filled up with filling material and the hole is sealed.

Effects on the tooth

Needless to say, teeth do not really like this procedure. Tooth pulp is the sign of a living tooth, and the teeth frequently die when the tooth pulp is removed, and they can start to discolor. Usually, teeth that have been root canaled once already are more likely to start to deteriorate. Many times a post is needed to secure structural stability, and even more frequently a crown is needed. This is because so much of the tooth has to be removed to secure an infection free area that there is not enough left of the tooth to continue to fulfill its functions. 

Prevention is key

The best thing to do to prevent the need for a root canal treatment is to regularly attend your half year check ups. This is especially important if you already have a filled tooth, as very frequently teeth that have already been filled previously are the ones that end up being in need of a root canal. Other teeth that are likely are the molars, the incisors and any teeth that frequently have food detritus on them are also suspect. Make sure you brush and floss these teeth regularly, or you will end up having to root canal those teeth.

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