Visiting a dentist is no less than a nightmare to me. And I guess there are millions of people across the world who share the same feelings with me. Your going through this article is suggestive of the fact that you or someone known to you needs to visit a dentisit for getting endodontic therapy done.
Well, it may be a very dangerous thing to me but I would like you to be strong enough to face it boldly. After all, this therapy can help you get relieved from a very painful dental problem. Be brave and collect as much information as you can to prepare yourself to face the endodontic therapy boldly. Here’s an attempt to assist you do so.
Endodontic Treatment Overview
Know About Endodontic Treatment
The central part of a tooth is called pulp. It is made up of cells and living connective tissues. The former are termed as odotoblasts. The sequence of dental cure for the pulp of the tooth is medically termed as endodontic treatment. The sequence involves elimination of the infected part and protection of the decontaminated part of the tooth from microbial attacks possible in future.
The procedure involves removal of blood vessels, nerve tissues and various other cellular entities which are naturally present in the hollows of the tooth. The removal step is followed by shaping, cleaning and subsequent decontamination of the root canal with irrigating solutions and tiny files. The final and the most important step is to fill the canal with inert materials like gutta percha and common eugenol-based cement.
Needs Of Endodontic Treatment
Your dentist recommends you an endodontic treatment when you visit him with some or all of these symptoms – extreme pain in the infected tooth during chewing, tenderness in the gums that surround that tooth, sensitivity to cold and hot foods, darkening of the infected tooth, and recurring or lasting pimple on the gum. With these symptoms in consideration, the dentists performs a dental X-ray to make a decision if endodontic treatment is actually needed.
Endodontic Treatment Benefits
There are several advantages of successfully undergoing an endodontic treatment. You experience cessation of pain. The bone or tooth gets chance to heal.
You no more suffer from sensitivity to sweet, cold or hot foods. This is because the inflamed nerve tissue has now been removed and so there is no transmission of feelings to the brain.
Precautions For Endodontic Treatment
After getting the endodontic treatment done, you need to place a crown over the tooth for protection. The crown can be expensive. To add to this, you need to take antibiotics and pain killers to protect the tooth and surrounding gums from infection and provide yourself relief from pain respectively.
Complications During Endodontic Treatment
Yes, you can face some complications. Here’s an overview.
Difficulty in Getting Fully Numb
If you suffer from “hot tooth” with infection or pain, you may face difficulty in getting fully numb. The dentists prefer using anesthesia through mouth or intravenous in such cases.
Several Visits to the Dentist
the dentist has to first ensure that the tooth is completely free from infection before performimg the final sealing of the root canal. This particular step may need several visits to him by you. No doubt, you end up spending a good sum of money on it.
Facing Related Problems
sometimes, the endodontic treatment fails due to one or the other reason. If it happens, chances are always there for the infection to spread to other parts of your body. It may cause fever and various other symptoms of illness. Chances are also there that the infection spreads to vital organs like heart and brain.
Complications Due to Two Root Canals
As every individual is different, every tooth is different. Your tooth may or may not have two root canals. In both cases, the dentist can bring result with the endodontic treatment, but only when he knows about the real situation. If he is unaware that your tooth has two root canals and has performed the treatment, you may face painful complications. The other root canal may get infected in some stage and end up in breaking of fracturing of the tooth. The treatment now takes another sequence of procedures, which are both uncomfortable and expensive to you.
By going through the article you must be feeling a bit confident now. The endodontic therapy is painful, expensive but it brings relief and comfort to you.