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root canal therapy


(ALSO KNOWN AS ENDODONTIC TREATMENT)

Let's start by dispelling a common myth: Root canal treatment doesn't cause pain — it relieves it!


If you have had a persistent toothache before, you will know what a nightmare it can be.
It is distracting, annoying, and debilitating in some cases.
You might have trouble concentrating at work.
You may feel queasy and find it tough to carry out tasks and activities. And even more harmful, in some ways, is the psychological damage of toothache; namely, the worry about what might be wrong with your teeth.
The first step to take if you find yourself suffering with persistent toothache (for longer than a couple of days) is to call your dentist and schedule an examination.
Your dentist or dental specialist is the only person who can help you.
You may be able to take prescription medications to alleviate the pain, but this will not fix it.
It will only mask the symptoms and, as soon as you stop taking the drugs, the pain will return.
Endodontic therapy, also known as endodontic treatment or root canal therapy, is a treatment sequence for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion.
Root canals, and their associated pulp chamber, are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities. Together, these items constitute the dental pulp.
Endodontic therapy involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of the hollows with small files and irrigating solutions, and the obturation (filling) of the decontaminated canals. Filling of the cleaned and decontaminated canals is done with an inert filling such as gutta-percha and typically a eugenol-based cement.
A resin is employed to bind gutta-percha in some root canal procedures. Endodontics includes both primary and secondary endodontic treatments as well as periradicular surgery which is generally used for teeth that still have potential for salvage.

 

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"There was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently"
William Shakespeare

Root canal therapy

 

Root canal therapy is used to treat pathological conditions inside a tooth that have affected its nerve tissue, and often the tissues that surround its root too.
By completing a tooth's treatment, a dentist can both resolve its internal problems as well as set the stage so your body's healing process can take place as effectively as possible, thus allowing the tissues surrounding its root to return to and/or maintain a healthy status.

 

The procedure itself is basically a three-staged process.

 

  • A) Cleansing the tooth's interior. - The first portion of the procedure removes compromised (infected, necrotic, degenerating) tissues, and associated debris and contaminates, from within a tooth's nerve space.
  • B) Disinfection and decontamination with the Epic X Biolase laser diode.
  • C) Sealing off the treated area. - The procedure is completed by filling in and sealing off the tooth's cleansed internal space, so contaminates can't leak back in, or out.

 

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