Root canal treatment is usually the answer to the problems developed inside the tooth. It is the treatment where the internal part of the tooth called the pulp is removed, and the cleaned area is sealed.
We like to clean our teeth and feel good about them. We hardly bother about the interiors of the teeth until something goes wrong and you have to extract it. In such cases, a root canal can be an alternative treatment.
Let us understand the structure of the tooth:
The Crown: This part of the gum is above the gumline. It has a hard surface called enamel for biting and chewing.
The root: Below the gum line, the root anchors the tooth to the root.
The Pulp: This is the middle of the tooth that contains pulp. This soft tissue is made of blood vessels and connective tissue.
Root Canal: This is the pathway from pulp chambers to the nerves and blood vessels in the jawbone.
Root canal therapy is required when the pulp gets infected. Dr. Sonal Deshpande of Brilliant Smiles of North Plainfield dental office has successfully conducted many root canal treatments in her career.
Root Canal treatment is intended to remove bacterial infection around the tooth and safeguard the natural tooth.
30-90 minutes, depending on the severity of the case. This may require scheduled 1-2 appointments.
Novocaine or topical anesthesia.
A few days to 2 weeks, depending on how severe the case is.
Endodontic therapy or root canal therapy
Root canal treatment is the procedure to save your damaged tooth instead of removing it. The procedure involves removing the damaged portion of the tooth, i.e., the pulp. If there is an infection, the insides of the tooth are cleaned and disinfected using special medications. Later, after a week, the hollow part is sealed.
The root canal is performed when the pulp is decayed or damaged completely or there is an infection in it. The inflammation or the infection can have a variety of causes.
an injury to a tooth can cause pulp damage even if there are no chips or cracks.
an abscess at the tip of the root.
In the above-mentioned cases, it is suggested that the tooth be extracted. However, you can still save the entire tooth by getting a root canal done.
There can be various signs or symptoms suggesting that you should get a root canal treatment done:
Sensitivity to heat and cold
A chipped or cracked tooth
Dr. Sonal Deshpande advises on who is eligible to get the root canal done.
If you have an infected pulp, you can visit the dental office and get it diagnosed to be sure.
You have tooth decay that is severe and has passed through enamel and dentin.
You do not take excessive painkillers before the treatment.
The staff at Brilliant Smiles of North Plainfield dental office guides you through the registration process. You are given a few forms to fill and relax. After completing it, you are asked to enter Dr. Sonal Deshpande's office. There Dr. Sonal goes through the information on the form and tries to analyze your case history. Next, your dental checkup is done and tooth x-rays are taken to understand the condition of the root canal. After a thorough examination of the x-ray, Dr. Sonal explains to you that a root canal is needed as a treatment. She then explains to you the procedure and care to be taken before and after the procedure.
The procedure involves the following steps:
Preparing the area:
The target area is made numb by injecting a local anesthetic. Then the dentist places a dam around the area.
Accessing and cleaning roots:
The dentist drills through your tooth and gets access to your infected or damaged area. Then she uses special instruments to remove and clean the area. An antibacterial and antiseptic solution is used to clean the area.
Shaping the root canal:
Once the area is cleaned, it is now time to put the filling. For that, the shaping of the root canal is done so that the filling can be filled in it. The dentist uses a tiny instrument to shape the root canal.
Filling the canal:
The dentist uses gutta-percha to fill the canals. The rubber-like material is placed inside the canals and then heated. The dentist compresses it so it fits snuggly against the walls. Adhesive cement is further added to seal the canals.
Filling to the access hole:
The access hole made to reach the canals must also be filled. This prevents bacteria from entering the tooth.
The dentist prescribes you antibiotics to be at home. This will kill the remaining bacteria.
The recovery may take some time. There can be a slight irritation around the treatment area. Dr. Sonal Deshpande advises avoiding putting excessive pressure on the treated tooth. You may also be advised to eat soft foods.
The expense changes depending upon how complex the issue is and the extent of tooth infection. The cost will likewise differ depending upon your insurance, kind of root canal treatment, and sort of anesthesia. You can discuss with Dr. Sonal Deshpande about the insurance coverage before the cavity treatment to get a gauge of the complete expense.
The vast majority of the insurance covers root canal treatment. Contact your insurance company to understand the plans.
Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. She practices comfortable, caring dentistry focused on establishing optimal oral health, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to her technical proficiency, Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a careful listener and will explain beforehand which treatment is best for your individual needs.
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