Root Canal Treatment
When is a root canal treatment necessary
There are a number of situations in which the dentist decides to perform a root canal treatment. For example with:
- severe tooth or toothache
- dying of the nerve by caries (hole)
- a filling that is too deep at the root canal
- preparation for a roof prosthesis
Are you suffering from inflamed gums or severe toothache?
You have living tooth tissue around your tooth or molar. Your tooth tissue can become inflamed by plaque / plaque, tartar or bacteria that accumulate around the tooth and molar. This happens with insufficient oral hygiene, but also with diabetes, pregnancy or the use of certain medications and facial products. Because the bacteria affect the gums, pockets are created. The gums then withdraw and die.
The development of pockets gives you more chance of inflamed gums. You notice that because the gums around the tooth or molar are redder than the pink color of your gums.
Two forms of gum disease
You can distinguish gum disease in two forms, namely gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the light form and periodontitis the advanced form of gum disease. Gingivitis can usually be treated by the dental hygienist or prevention assistant. Periodontitis will cause a throbbing pain. In this case the nerve is considerably affected and inflamed and there is a danger of maintaining the tooth. This is called a root canal inflammation. In these situations it is best to contact Dentalzorg immediately.
What happens during a root canal treatment?
After filing, the channels are rinsed clean with a disinfecting liquid to make sure no inflammations will occur in the future
If all channels are clean, they are filled with gutta percha, which is a filling material. This ensures that the bacteria can no longer cause damage. Finally, the tooth or molar still needs to be filled and, if necessary, built up by means of a root pin for better carrying capacity.
Sometimes the tooth or molar is weakened by the tooth decay, but also by the treatment, such that a crown has to be made. That way the tooth or molar can last for a very long time.
Pain after root canal treatment
After the treatment, cleaning and disinfection of the root canals and pressing of the filling you may experience post-pain or slight irritation. Treatment has a major impact on your nervous system and on your teeth. The post-pain is often present during the first two days. With an extensive treatment, the post-pain can unfortunately take longer.
In some cases it may take a few weeks for the symptoms to disappear. You can suppress the pain with a good painkiller (ibuprofen or paracetamol). In some cases it may take a few weeks for the symptoms to disappear. Does the pain persist? Then call Dentalzorg. If necessary, the dentist will provide a script.
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