Endodontic treatment is the branch of dentistry dealing with the treatment of root canals of teeth.
Bacteria in the oral cavity are not harmful unless undesirable conditions occur. Bacteria combine with various foods we consume and increase acid formation in the mouth. If these acids are not removed from the mouth, they can cause damage to the tooth tissue, and if these bacterial toxins reach the pulp tissue of the tooth (through cracks, caries, etc.), the tooth tissue activates various stimuli to protect itself. While the tooth issues a warning in the form of sensitivity at the beginning, if it is not treated after a while, microorganisms destroy the veins and nerves in the pulp and cause inflammation.
Another cause of inflammation in the pulp is trauma. As a result of a sudden impact on the tooth, the veins and nerves in the root may deform and cause the tooth to lose its vitality.
Success rate in root canal treatment increases thanks to the advancements in technology. Today, success rate of a root canal treatment performed with an anatomically correct and appropriate treatment method has a level of 90-95%.
Re-inflammation of the root canal system is possible due to failures in endodontic treatment, anatomical unsuitability of the tooth for root canal treatment, cracks on the root surfaces and the continuation of bacterial leakage accordingly.
Under these circumstances, the root canal treatment is renewed and the treatment proceeds. If this procedure does not produce results, especially for the teeth in the anterior region, a surgical intervention called “root tip resection” is used to mechanically remove the tip of the tooth root and the surrounding inflamed tissues in order to prevent tooth loss. If a solution cannot be achieved with surgical intervention, it is favorable to remove that tooth from the mouth by pulling.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?
During root canal treatment, a numbing spray is sprayed on the teeth and a local anesthetic injection is applied after spray becomes effective. Because, the treatment is applied to the nerves under the tooth and thus it is painful.
How Many Sessions of Root Canal Treatment is Applied?
How many sessions a root canal treatment will take depends on the condition of the teeth and the treatment plan. For many treatments, the teeth are first made suitable for root canal treatment, remaining steps are completed in the next session and root canal treatment is performed afterwards.
Is There an Age Limit for Root Canal Treatment?
There is no age limit for root canal treatment. Because, in order for a tooth to have a root canal problem, dental problems must deepen. This does not occur in children’s teeth. However, untreated caries in children cause canal problems in the adolescence.
Can Root Canal Treatment be Performed During Pregnancy?
Care must be taken for all interventions to be made during pregnancy. Because every drug that will mix with the mother’s blood, or any situation that will stress the mother will also affect the baby. For this reason, it is recommended that the pregnant woman who needs dental treatments should have dental treatment upon the approval of her gynecologist. Dental treatments are not usually applied during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Because during the first 3 months of pregnancy, the baby’s functional organs are formed and begin to develop. In addition, in the last 3 months of pregnancy, the mother’s belly grows and the necessary interventions cannot be performed easily in the dental chair. Therefore, root canal treatment can be performed only during 4th-6th months of pregnancy, provided that the gynecologist approves it.
Is Pain Experienced After Root Canal Treatment?
After the treatment, a pain problem may be experienced for a certain period of time as the teeth get tired and the effect of anesthesia wears off. These problems can be solved with painkillers suitable for teeth.
Is Tooth Sensitivity Experienced After Root Canal Treatment?
Of course. Because the teeth undergo an unfamiliar treatment and this makes the teeth vulnerable. Tooth roots and gingiva are stimulated, and this process in the mouth can affect not only the treated tooth, but also other teeth.
The sensitivity is experienced more when hot or cold stuff is consumed. Therefore, it is important to consume warm food/beverages for 10 days after the treatment.
What is the Cause of Continuing Tooth Problems After Root Canal Treatment?
If you have had the aforementioned treatment and you have started to experience pain again in the same tooth that has been treated, the pulpitis may not have been thoroughly cleaned. You can consult your doctor to find out the real cause of this problem and find a solution.
How to Feed After Root Canal Treatment?
After root canal treatment, it is important to consume only liquids and warm foods for the first 4 days to protect the teeth. After 4 days, light and soft foods that are not solid can be consumed. The most practical meal recommended for this may be mashed potatoes. Besides, upon healing after root canal treatment, excessive sugary foods and acidic beverages that damage the teeth should be consumed less and attention should be paid to dental care in order to avoid caries formation.