What is a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become
infected and abscesses may form.

Root canal is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth’s nerve lies within the root canal.

A tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory — to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.

Why Does Tooth Pulp Need to Be Removed?

When a tooth’s nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or abscessed tooth.
An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of the roots of the tooth. An abscess occurs when the infection spreads all the way past the ends of the roots of the tooth.

What Damages a Tooth’s Nerve and Pulp in the First Place?

A tooth’s nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.

 

What Happens During a Root Canal?

A root canal requires one or more office visits and can be performed by a dentist or endodontist. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the human dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth. The choice of which type of dentist to use depends to some degree on the difficulty of the root canal procedure needed in your particular tooth and the general dentist’s comfort level in working on your tooth. Your dentist will discuss who might be best suited to perform the work in your particular case.

The first step in the procedure is to take an x-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are any signs of infection in a surrounding bone. Your dentist or endodontist will then use local anaesthesia to numb the area near the tooth. Anaesthesia may not be necessary, since the nerve is dead, but most dentists still anesthetize the area to make the patient more relaxed and at ease.

Next, to keep the area dry and free of saliva during treatment, your dentist will place a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) around the tooth.
An access hole will then be drilled into the tooth. The pulp along with bacteria, the decayed nerve tissue and related debris is removed from the tooth. The cleaning out process is accomplished using root canal files. A series of these files of increasing diameter are each subsequently placed into the access hole and worked down the full length of the tooth to scrape and scrub the sides of the root canals. Sodium hypochlorite is used periodically to flush away the debris.

At the next appointment, to fill the interior of the tooth, a sealer paste and a rubber compound called gutta percha is placed into the tooth’s root canal. To fill the exterior access hole created at the beginning of treatment, a filling is placed.

The final step may involve further restoration of the tooth. Because a tooth that needs a root canal often is one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness, a crown and post, or other restoration often needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from
breaking and restore it to full function. Your dentist will discuss the need for any additional dental work with you.

How Painful Is a Root Canal?

Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.

What Should One Expect After the Root Canal?

For the first few days following the completion of a root canal, the tooth may feel sensitive due to natural tissue inflammation, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This sensitivity or discomfort usually can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen and paracetamol. Most patients can return to their normal activities the next day.

Until your root canal procedure is completely finished — that is to say, the permanent filling is in place and/or the crown, it’s wise to minimize chewing on the tooth under repair. This step will help avoid recontamination of the interior of the tooth and also may prevent a fragile tooth frombreaking before the tooth can be fully restored.

How Successful Are Root Canals?

Root canal treatment is highly successful; the procedure has more than a 75% success rate. Many teeth fixed with a root canal can last a lifetime.

Also, because the final step of the root canal procedure is application of a restoration such as a crown or a filling, it will not be obvious to onlookers that a root canal was performed.

Complications of a Root Canal

Despite your dentist’s best efforts to clean and seal a tooth, new infections might emerge after a root canal. Among the likely reasons for this include:

1. More than the normally anticipated number of root canals in a tooth (leaving one of them uncleaned)
2. An undetected crack in the root of a tooth
3. A defective or inadequate dental restoration that has allowed bacteria to get past the restoration into the inner aspects of the tooth and recontaminate the area
4. A breakdown of the inner sealing material over time, allowing bacteria to recontaminate the inner aspects of the tooth

Sometimes retreatment can be successful, other times endodontic surgery must be tried in order to save the tooth. The most common endodontic surgical procedure is an apicoectomy or root-end resection. This procedure relieves the inflammation or infection in the bony area
around the end of your tooth that continues after endodontic treatment. In this procedure, the gum tissue is opened, the infected tissue is removed and sometimes the very end of the root is removed. A small filling may be placed to seal the root canal.

If you want to learn more about this treatment, you can contact us with the following:

Phone:  2114167676

Email:  info@marialalousi.com

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Annalique Giannoulatou
2022-05-03
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I took my son for an emergency extraction whilst on holiday. I was extremely impressed with the speed and efficiency Maria demonstrated. My son felt at ease and the tooth was taken out without complications. In so far as I booked myself a check up and proceeded with a dental hygiene session too! Superb results in a modern and immaculately clean surgery . Thank you Maria!
Anna Liosatou
2022-04-18
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Επισκέφθηκα την Δρ Μαρία Λάλουση για έναν έλεγχο και καθαρισμό των δοντιών μου μετά από παρότρυνση του συζύγου μου που την είχε είδη επισκεφθεί και είχε μείνει απόλυτα ευχαριστημένος . Πρέπει να αναφέρω ότι δυστυχώς ο φόβος μου με είχε κρατήσει για πολύ μεγάλο χρονικό διάστημα / χρόνια μακριά από τον οδοντίατρο… Μετά από αρκετά εύκολα και δύσκολα σφραγίσματα και αντικατάσταση παλιάς θήκης θέλω να πω ένα μεγάλο ευχαριστώ γιατί με τον χαρακτήρα της και τον επαγγελματισμό της με έπεισε ότι άξιζε με το παραπάνω να την εμπιστευτώ! Πρέπει δε να τονίσω ότι καταφέρνει να είναι υπομονετική και φιλική, Οι κανόνες υγιεινής τηρούνται άψογα και το ιατρείο, τα μηχανήματα και κάθε τι που χρησιμοποιεί πραγματικά εντυπωσιάζουν.
Just a G
2022-04-12
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Very good service, very clean environment, skillful dentist. Totally recommend Maria Lalousi
Tatiana Polizou
2022-04-12
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'Ενας άνθρωπος εξαιρετικός! 'Αψογη επαγγελματίας με απόλυτη γνώση σε ότι κάνει. Ξεκινήσαμε με καθαρισμό, κάναμε πολλαπλά σφραγίσματα και καταλήξαμε να κάνουμε και λεύκανση! Την εμπιστεύομαι απόλυτα και την συνιστώ ανεπιφύλακτα! Ο καινούργιος χώρος είναι απλά υπέροχος και πάντα καθαρός με όλα τα μέτρα ασφαλείας για τη πρόληψη του κορονοϊού. Σας ευχαριστώ από καρδιάς κ. Λαλούση για την επιμέλεια της στοματικής μου υγιεινής!
nikos mamas
2022-04-05
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Έκανα την αόρατη ορθοδοντική invisalign και λεύκανση στα δόντια! Εξαιρετική επαγγελματίας και άνθρωπος! Έχω μείνει πολύ ευχαριστημένος και σίγουρα θα την προτιμήσω! Επίσης ο χώρος της είναι πεντακάθαρος και υπάρχει πρωτόκολλο ασφαλείας για covid για κάθε άτομο που μπαίνει στο ιατρείο! Νοιώθεις πραγματική ασφάλεια!
Johnny Vegiannis
2022-04-05
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Καταπληκτική οδοντίατρος με γνώσεις και εμπειρία!! Ο χώρος του ιατρείου μοντέρνος, σύγχρονος και καθαρός!! Επισκέφθηκα το ιατρείο της για καθαρισμό τον δοντιών και στην συνέχεια προχωρήσαμε στην λεύκανση έχοντας τώρα φοβερό αποτέλεσμα!! Το επόμενο βήμα είναι να ξεκινήσω θεραπεία invisalign διότι είδα το αποτέλεσμα σε φίλο που έκανε την Θεραπεία με την γιατρό και το αποτέλεσμα είναι ένα ίσιο χαμόγελο!!
Maria Markezini
2022-04-05
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Σοβαρή επαγγελματίας που με βοήθησε πολύ. Πολλά χρόνια εμπειρίας και ειδίκευση σε δύσκολα τεχνικά θέματα. Την συστήνω ανεπιφύλακτα.
Michael Fokas
2022-04-03
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Συνέχεια αμελούσα να πάω στον οδοντίατρο, διότι θεωρούσα πως μονάχα το καθημερινό βούρτσισμα αρκεί. Αμ έλα όμως που δεν είναι έτσι... Χάρη στις ικανότητες της οδοντιάτρου Μαρίας Λάλουση, πλέον απέκτησα το χαμόγελο της Colgate! 😀

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