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ENDODONTICS (ROOT CANAL TREATMENT)


Endodontics is the study and practice of clinical sciences involving the biology of the dental pulp. It also encompasses the etiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases/injuries of the dental pulp as well as the associated periradicular conditions. Root canal treatment is a dental procedure performed to treat necrotic (conditions where the living connective cells or tissues covering the tooth are badly damaged or dead because of external factors) teeth and dental pulp, which is the part in the centre of a tooth.

Root canal therapy treats tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, dental abscess, discoloured tooth, and traumatic dental injuries.

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure where inflamed/infected or dead dental pulp is removed and sterilized, and the resulting space with a natural and harmless filling material. Deep cavities prevent the dental pulp from healing itself, thus causing the infection to reach into the root tip. If the tooth is not treated, it may cause an infection of the root tip and can damage the structure of jawbone. Surgical intervention or extraction may become necessary. In brief, the main purpose of endodontic treatment is to return the tooth to health in order to allow its healthy functioning.

DO I NEED A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

Root canal treatment is administered when the dental pulp (part in the centre of a tooth) is damaged due to dental traumas, infections, deep decay etc. Patients suffering from severe tooth pain are strongly recommended to seek medical care.

IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT PAINFUL?

Root canal treatment is in fact not a painful procedure. Thanks to local anaesthetics and modern anaesthesia techniques, our patients experience neither pain nor discomfort during the treatment.

IS THE ROOT CANAL TREATMENT DONE IN SINGLE SITTING?

Today’s developed imaging techniques, endodontic rotary systems; ultrasonic dental equipment and the latest advances in laser technology do allow root canal therapy to be completed in a single sitting, except for special cases where patients suffer severe bone infection, persistent infection and dental abscess. Systemic status and general health of the patients are also considered effective factors determining the number of sittings required for the treatment.

WILL I FEEL PAIN AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

Following the endodontic treatment, especially the treatment of teeth with vital pulps, you may feel pain or sensitivity to touch, which is quite normal and usually lasts only for a few days if you take proper care of your tooth that has undergone root canal treatment. Root canal treatment has a success rate of 98% if performed effectively and correctly by your endodontist.

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