Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that aims to save a tooth that is infected or damaged by removing the inflamed or infected pulp inside the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels that supply the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected, it can cause severe pain, swelling, and sensitivity. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the bone and surrounding tissues and lead to tooth loss.
Root canal treatment involves cleaning and shaping the root canal system, which consists of the pulp chamber and the canals that extend from the roots of the tooth. The dentist will use special instruments to remove the infected pulp and disinfect the root canal system. Then, the dentist will fill and seal the root canal system with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. Finally, the dentist will restore the tooth with a filling or a crown to protect it from further damage.
You may need root canal treatment if you have any of these signs or symptoms:
The most common cause of pulp infection is tooth decay that reaches the pulp. Other causes include cracks or chips in the tooth, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, trauma to the tooth, or gum disease.
Root canal treatment usually requires one or two visits to Polygems Dental Care. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, which means you will not feel any pain during the treatment. The steps involved in root canal treatment are:
The benefits of root canal treatment are:
The risks of root canal treatment are:
The cost of root canal treatment depends on several factors, such as:
No, you cannot use MediSave for Root Canal Treatment. However, for Root Canal Surgery, you can use MediSave.
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Here are some frequently asked questions about root canal treatment:
No, root canal treatment is not painful as it is done under local anesthesia. You may feel some pressure or vibration during the procedure, but you will not feel any pain. After the treatment, you may have some mild pain or discomfort for a few days, which can be relieved with painkillers and ice packs.
The duration of root canal treatment depends on the number and location of teeth that need treatment, the complexity of the case, and the type of restoration that is needed. Generally, root canal treatment takes one or two visits to complete. Each visit may last from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
A root canal treated tooth can last for many years or even a lifetime if it is properly cared for. You need to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleaning. You also need to avoid biting on hard foods or objects that may damage your tooth or restoration.
The only alternative to root canal treatment is extraction of the infected tooth. However, this is not recommended as it will result in the loss of your natural tooth and may cause other problems, such as shifting of adjacent teeth, bone loss, difficulty chewing, and changes in your bite and appearance. You may also need to replace your missing tooth with an implant, bridge, or denture, which may be more costly and complex than root canal treatment.