Root canal is performed on a person to treat his infected teeth which might cause further infection when not treated properly. Unlike previous practices where in it is of utmost priority to take the tooth out of the patient’s mouth, root canal allows a tooth that is already damaged to be treated and to stay in the mouth afterwards. It usually requires at least two or more visits to the dentist since there will be follow-ups to be done after the treatment.
Understanding root canal as a treatment also means knowing the cause that results to infected root canal. Most of the time, a root canal infection occurs when a person neglects his oral hygiene responsibility causing infected root canal which may further damage tooth has been saved by a root canal from tooth decay. There are even cases where in there are root canal complications caused by repeated dental procedures or even unsuccessful fillings made to a person.
Root canal is the cavity located at the center of every tooth. Once infected, the nerves in this area die causing too much pain, swelling or even a tooth-hole formation. The bacteria will continue to multiply if not treated accordingly.
Given these, a root canal procedure is needed when a person is already suffering from too much pain caused by the infected tooth. In some cases, the person even becomes more sensitive to changes in temperature both in extreme hot or cold conditions. The teeth may also darken because of the bacteria while the gums may continue to swell as long as it is not treated.
This root canal procedure has the goal of saving the tooth by treating the infected part through its removal and treating the remaining parts through filling the root canals with a material called “gutta percha”. As such, the dentist has the responsibility to take out the infected area and apply anti-bacterial cement on the infected tooth to avoid any further damage to it. This will enable the tooth of the patient to function again as normal.
Having a root canal treatment is advisable because if extraction of the tooth is done; an individual may experience misalignment of teeth causing them to drift apart because of the space caused by the extracted tooth. This also gives the advantage of eliminating the need for other treatments like implants or bridges to fill the gap in your teeth. Better to be ready and remedy this problem before letting the bacteria spread to other parts of your body which means even greater problem for you.
Additionally, with the current developments in technology, state-of-the-art equipments are now available to make the procedure much faster and more painless. Currently, success rate for people who undergo root canal treatment already reach about 95% and with the reliability of technology, there should be almost negligible problems to be expected for a lifetime. However, in some cases where in the condition may be that serious, the root canal treatment may still need to be repeated.
Even though, this may be an attractive option, still most patients are being advised to check the procedures beforehand and have a prior knowledge not only on the root canal itself but also in the reputation of the dentist who is going to perform the procedure. The expertise of the dentist will primarily determine the success of the procedure. Being a delicate treatment, a dentist whom you can trust and has a good track record will assure you of positive results.
Root canal procedure may cost $400 to $600 for teeth that are in front while it will be $500 to $800 for molar teeth. Still, this is subjective to the case of the patient and the dentist’s rates.
In order to avoid infected root canal and to prevent further damage, good hygiene and oral practices are needed to be done by a person on a daily basis. Regular dentist visits, daily brushing and flossing will certainly make a difference.
As you can see, root canal treated tooth may be damaged much the same way regular teeth are; this is where you suffer pain from an infected root canal. Caring for such to avoid infection shouldn't have much difference as well.