Root canal treatment; outcomes and what to expect afterwards?
Tooth decay is a preventable disease If appropriate oral hygiene measures (brushing twice daily with a fluoridated tooth paste + regular use of interdental floss/brush)، and routine dental check ups are regularly followed.
Having said that, the resort to root canal treatment remains the treatment of choice when decay hits the nerve of the tooth and causes an infection. The main objective of root canal treatment is to remove all the diseased tissues and to retain the tooth; restoring its looks and function.
Root canal treatment should be a straightforward procedure ,if well planned. A small radiograph for single or doubled rooted teeth is usually required prior while a low volume 3D CBCT is required in more complex cases to visualize the curvature and number of canals there are in molar teeth.
An injection of anaseasthia is administered prior to the procedure to make the area of the tooth in question nice and numb. The patient receiving the treatment doesn’t feel anything during the procedure.
A successful root canal treatment entails removing all the diseases tissues and disinfecting the canals using special medications and diode laser from bacteria before permanently sealing them with a root canal filling material.
Root canal treatment renders the tooth brittle and by time it undergoes discoloration due to loss of its vitality. Therefore, we highly advise our patients to receive a cap/crown on the treated tooth to prevent its fracture in the future.
A small dose of anti-inflammatory medication is usually prescribed after the procedure for a few days. Antibiotics can also be prescribed when the infection is pronounced and we do so only when the need arises.