Root canals are among the most dreaded dental procedures. If tooth decay is not treated, it will spread inside the tooth and reach the pulp tissue. A root canal treatment in Dubai is performed to replace the infected pulp with a filling. The treatment serves to preserve teeth that would otherwise have to be extracted. Let’s understand the procedure in detail.
How is tooth infected?
The root canals of the teeth are made up of nerves and blood vessels that nourish the teeth by providing them with oxygen and nutrients. If tooth decay is neglected in the outer layers of the tooth, it will progress into the root canals where nerves and blood vessels become infected and inflamed. The inflamed pulp tissue dies and is replaced with infected material and pus. This causes pain and swelling and, if left untreated, can damage the surrounding bone structure, resulting in a tooth abscess. Therefore, a root canal is performed to remove the infected pulp and replace it with a filling.
Once the infected pulp is removed, nourishment for the tooth comes from the surrounding tissues. Other reasons that can damage your teeth and cause infections are accidental cracks, leaky fillings, and gingivitis that reaches to the roots.
Root canal treatment:
Root canal treatment, also called endodontics, involves cleaning and sterilizing the root canal treatment and removing infected tissue. The procedure is performed by your dentist in two or more sessions, depending on the situation. If the tooth has an active infection, antibiotics are prescribed for 3-5 days to relieve pain and infection. Local anesthesia is administered prior to treatment to ensure patient comfort. First, a rubber dam is placed around the infected tooth to ensure the tooth is dry during treatment and to prevent contamination of the canals. After opening the top layer of the tooth with a dental drill, the dentist accesses the pulp chamber of the tooth and removes the infected pulp.
The next step is to clean the inside of your tooth with a series of small files. With the help of these dental files, the pulp cavity and the root canal treatment are cleaned and widened. This part can take several hours and require multiple visits. It also depends on which tooth is infected. Premolars and molars have two or three roots with multiple canals. The more roots the teeth have, the longer it takes to continue treatment. During the first visit, the provisional filling takes place after a thorough cleaning of the teeth.
At the next visit, the temporary filling is removed, the canal is filled, and the tooth is sealed with a crown. The crown protects the endodontic tooth from fracture.
Avoid eating hard foods until treatment is complete. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. Limit your consumption of sugar and cola. With proper care, your treated tooth can last a lifetime.