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Root Canal Treatment

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Average Length of Stay in Istanbul

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Length of Stay in Hospital

1 Day

Operation Duration

Local Anesthesia

Anesthesia

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Recovery Time

Root Canal Treatment

Understanding Root Canal Treatment


Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). It's often necessary when the pulp inside the tooth, which contains nerve tissue and blood vessels, becomes infected or damaged.


Initial Consultation: Diagnosing the Problem


The root canal process begins with a thorough examination of your affected tooth. This may involve taking X-rays to assess the extent of the infection and discussing your symptoms. Your dentist will explain the root canal procedure, including its benefits, potential risks, and any alternative treatments.


Preparing for Treatment: Ensuring Comfort


Root canal treatment is typically performed under local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area, ensuring you're comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. Your dentist might also place a dental dam around the tooth to isolate it and keep it clean and dry


The Procedure: Removing the Infection


The treatment starts with your dentist making a small opening in the crown of the tooth to access the infected or damaged pulp. Using special instruments, the dentist removes the pulp, cleans and disinfects the root canal system, and shapes the space for filling. 


Filling the Canal: Sealing the Tooth


Once the root canal is cleaned and shaped, your dentist will fill the space with a biocompatible material, usually a rubber-like material called gutta-percha, to seal the canal. The opening in the tooth is then sealed with a temporary or permanent filling to prevent contamination.


Restoring the Tooth: Final Steps


After root canal therapy, the treated tooth may need further restoration to protect and restore it to full function. This might involve placing a crown or other restorative dental work, depending on the extent of damage and the tooth's location.


Recovery and Aftercare: Healing and Maintenance


Following the procedure, you may experience some tenderness or mild discomfort, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Your dentist will provide specific aftercare instructions, including how to care for your treated tooth and when to return for a follow-up visit.


Long-Term Care: Ensuring Durability


With proper care, including good oral hygiene practices and regular dental check-ups, a tooth treated with a root canal can last a lifetime. It's essential to maintain the health of the surrounding gums and teeth to support the treated tooth.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

With modern techniques and anesthesia, root canal treatment is typically no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.


What Are the Risks of Root Canal Treatment?

While root canal treatment is safe and effective, potential risks include incomplete cleaning of the canals or reinfection. Choosing an experienced dentist or endodontist can minimize these risks.


Why Consider Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment can save a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed. It eliminates pain caused by infection, prevents the spread of infection, and helps maintain your natural smile and chewing function.

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