Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that aims to remove infected or damaged pulp from the inside of the tooth. This treatment is necessary when the pulp, which includes blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue, becomes inflamed or infected due to deep decay, cracks, or trauma. Dentists can save the tooth and prevent further damage or tooth loss by removing the damaged pulp and cleaning the root canal system.
Dental root canal treatment includes the following steps:
The main reasons for root canal treatment are:
After root canal treatment, it is very important to maintain proper dental hygiene to ensure the long-term success of the procedure. Follow these tips:
Root canal treatment is typically done under local anesthesia to ensure the procedure is virtually painless. Advances in dental technology and techniques have significantly increased patient comfort during the procedure. After the anesthesia wears off You may experience temporary discomfort or mild pain, but this can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications.
The duration of root canal treatment depends on the complexity of the case and the tooth involved. On average, the procedure takes about 60 minutes to 2 hours per visit. Most root canal treatments require one to two visits to complete the procedure.
The main alternative to root canal treatment is tooth extraction followed by a dental implant, bridge or removable partial denture to replace the missing tooth. However, saving your natural tooth with root canal treatment is often a preferred option as it preserves the integrity of your tooth structure.
Although root canal treatment has a high success rate, it is possible for a tooth to become re-infected due to inadequate cleaning, sealing, or additional canals that go undetected. In such cases, retreatment of the tooth or, in more complex cases, apical resection (surgical removal of the root tip) may be necessary.
The price of root canal treatment varies depending on factors such as the condition of the tooth and the difficulty of the case. In general, root canal treatments for molars tend to be more expensive than anterior teeth. It is very important to consult your dentist for a more accurate root canal treatment cost estimate based on your particular situation.
A root canal treated tooth can last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. However, it is very important to practice good oral hygiene, schedule regular dental check-ups, and avoid chewing hard foods or objects that could damage the tooth or dental veneer.
There is no SGK agreement for private dental treatment services regarding root canal treatment fees. Root canal treatments applied in our clinic cannot be paid under insurance.
It is normal to experience pain after root canal treatment, this pain lasts for 7-10 days and gradually gets lighter. The reason for the pain is that the root canal treated teeth are actually inflamed teeth. During the healing process, there may be processes that cause pain in the tissue.
Long-term follow-up is required for a root canal treatment to be considered unsuccessful. After the treatment, persistent pain, abscess, fever and swelling may indicate that root canal treatment needs to be renewed.
Root canal treatment is usually performed under local anesthesia, so care should be taken while eating until the numbness subsides. Since the tooth will be covered with a filling material, there is no harm in eating, but it is necessary to be careful when stepping on it. General pain and tenderness may occur for a few days while chewing.
Root canal treatment includes the removal of microbes and decayed tissues in the tooth, but the inflammation that has spread to the jawbone must be removed from the body. It takes 7-10 days for the inflammation in the jawbone to completely go away, and throbbing may occur during this time.
If root canal treatment has just been applied, it is normal to feel pain and sensitivity in chewing for 7-10 days. However, if the pain does not subside, it gets worse and causes swelling and abscess, it would be beneficial to consult your dentist again. If a tooth with root canal treatment in the past hurts, there is a high probability of decay. It is recommended that you talk to your doctor about this subject without wasting time.