Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a treatment to save a tooth that has become decayed, damaged or infected. These problems usually occur when there is severe decay, dental trauma or a large filling has cracked.

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, involves cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth by removing the infected or damaged pulp. In this treatment, the cleaned and disinfected cavity is filled with special filling materials, allowing the tooth to resume its normal function. The treatment prevents tooth loss, helping to preserve the tooth and relieve pain.

Kanal Tedavisi

What is Root Canal Treatment?

This is an endodontic treatment where the soft tissues and nerves inside the tooth are infected, inflamed or damaged. Root canal treatment prevents tooth loss and is also one of the best remedies for toothache.

There are some advantages of root canal treatment, which stand out:

  • Tooth Protection: The treatment is an effective way to protect an infected or damaged tooth.
  • Pain Relief: An infected tooth usually causes pain. If the tooth with root canal treatment is extracted, the pain is relieved and the patient can relax.
  • Preservation of Natural Appearance and Function: The tooth treated with root canal treatment is restored with a filling material very similar to the natural tooth. This ensures that the natural appearance and function of the tooth is preserved.
  • Preservation of Jaw Structure: Symptoms of tooth loss can manifest themselves in the form of collapse and changes in the jaw structure. The treatment helps to preserve the jaw structure by protecting the tooth.

This treatment method is usually applied in the following cases:

  • Deep decay: What happens if tooth decay progresses? Deep tooth decay can reach the pulp and cause infection. In this case, root canal treatment may be used.
  • Tooth Trauma: Trauma or blows to the tooth can damage the pulp and increase the risk of infection. In this case, the tooth needs to be treated.
  • Cracking of Fillings or Restorations: Cracking of large fillings or restorations can leave the pulp vulnerable to external factors and lead to infection. The first question that may come to the minds of patients who experience such a situation is “Will a cracked tooth heal?“. It is possible to fix tooth cracks with root canal treatment.
  • Traumatic Anatomical Disorders of the Tooth: Congenital or acquired anatomical disorders of some teeth can cause damage to the pulp.
  • Recurrent Toothache: If there is pain in the tooth for a certain period of time, this may be a sign of infection or inflammation. In this case, the dentist can solve the problem by recommending root canal treatment.
Kanal Tedavisi

Root canal treatment involves cleaning the infection from the inside of the tooth, disinfecting it and filling it with filling materials. This prevents the loss of the tooth and relieves pain. The treatment is usually completed in several sessions and is performed under local anesthesia. Successful root canal treatment preserves the health and function of the tooth.

How is Root Canal Treatment Performed?

The treatment is usually completed in one or several sessions and should be performed by a specialized dentist or endodontist. This treatment is planned individually. During the treatment, which is preferably performed under local anesthesia, it is ensured that the patient does not feel pain or discomfort.

The steps on how root canal treatment is performed are as follows:

  • Opening Access

    Before the treatment begins, the dentist opens an access at the top of the tooth. This is necessary to reach the inside of the tooth.

  • Removing the Pulp

    The damaged or infected pulp inside the tooth is carefully removed using specialized endodontic instruments. This allows the inside of the tooth to be cleaned.

  • Cleaning and shaping

    The inside of the tooth is cleaned and shaped using shaping instruments and washing solutions. Thus, the structure of the tooth is preserved, cleaned and the infection is removed.

  • Disinfection

    The cavity is washed with disinfecting solutions to help remove the infection completely.

  • Filling

    The cleaned and disinfected cavity is filled with special filling materials. The inside of the tooth is strengthened and protected.

  • Restoration

    After root canal treatment, the outside of the tooth is restored with a filling or crown. What does restored tooth mean? This method refers to dental treatments to make teeth healthy and to repair damaged or lost teeth.

The healing process after treatment is painless, but sensitivity may be experienced for a certain period of time after treatment. The treatment process may vary depending on the patient’s condition and the degree of damage to the tooth. The expertise of the dentist performing the procedure and the patient’s compliance with the treatment are important for a successful treatment. This treatment method aims to preserve the health and function of the tooth. It also provides a long-term solution by preventing tooth loss.

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