The root canal treatment
Why a root canal treatment? In each tooth or choir there are root canals containing pulpa, tissue that consists of nerves and blood vessels. Due to tooth decay, a leaky filling or a hard clap on a tooth, the pulpa can be inflamed. This inflammation is caused by bacteria. Sensitivity to drinking cold or hot drinks may be a first signal, but sometimes the inflammation does not cause any complaints. The inflamed pulpa will eventually die and the bacteria can then cause an inflammation of the jawbone around the root. When close, the tooth or pick can feel painful and too high. In addition, inflamed jawbone can endanger the tooth or choise.
Before the treatment begins, please contact us for a consultation. Based on your dentist's referral note and a comprehensive analysis of the problem, we discuss the treatment options and the chance to succeed in the various options. A consultation is necessary because each situation is different. During the consultation, which takes about 30 minutes, we make an appointment for the treatment and discuss the treatment costs. After treatment with us, you can make an appointment with your own dentist for the final restoration of the tooth or choose from a filling or crown.
The purpose of the treatment is to remove the bacteria present in the root canal. It is therefore necessary that the treatment is carried out as hygienically as possible. During treatment, the tooth or dial is shielded with a rubber patch (cofferdam). For example, no fluids will enter your mouth and the saliva can not get in the root of the tooth or choise.
The first step of the treatment is to open the tooth or choose. Now that the root canals are accessible, it is possible to extract the pulpa and bacteria from the canal. The next step is to prepare the root canal with special fillets. During preparation, repeatedly rinsing with a disinfectant solution to kill as many bacteria as possible. In case of re-treatment, the old filler material is first removed. During the treatment we make some x-rays. If the root canal is completely clean, we close it with a filler material.
The success of treatment depends largely on the removal of bacteria from the root canal. Therefore, a lot of attention is paid to the treatment during the treatment. The duration of treatment depends to a large extent on this step. On average, treatment takes 2 hours. In case of complicated treatments, you may be given a follow-up appointment.
There may be complications such as the breaking of instruments, the occurrence of perforations or the damage to crowns or bridges during treatment. Furthermore, channels may not be found or only partially accessible. Also, the root canal treatment can only be insufficient. For complete cure, a surgical procedure is required.
Depending on the degree of inflammation, the tooth or choice after treatment may be sensitive for some time. If there is a chance of napijn, you will receive a prescription for an analgesic. To make sure your tooth or choise completely heals, we make an X-ray one year after the treatment. If necessary, we will do this a few years later.