Root Canal

About Root Canal

Root canal therapy refers to a treatment in which the bacterial infection that has entered tooth pulp or nerve chamber is removed.

 

A root canal is necessary when the tooth becomes irritated and inflamed because of deep decay, big fillings, trauma to the tooth, a chipped tooth or repeated dental work. If bacteria are not removed, they begin to multiply very fast and cause infections or tooth abscess. Since a tooth’s nerve is not vitally important to a tooth’s health, removing the nerve will not affect the normal function of the tooth.

 

In case that the tooth is so damaged that it cannot be fixed using root canal treatment, it is suggested to extract the tooth and do a dental implant or dental bridge instead. Sometimes root canal might make stains on the tooth, the problem can be fixed by dental veneers.

time requirements

Minimum stay

2 to 5 days

Hospital stay

Not required

Operation duration

2 to 4 hours

Anesthesia type

Local

Back to work

right after the procedure

Post visit

1 trip

Before Root Canal

The patients are asked to bring dental X-ray before travelling abroad. The dentist will plan the treatment accordingly. Please let the doctor know if you are allergic to any medications

How is Root Canal performed?

Root canal treatment is done under local anesthesia. The dentists uses a small needle to numb the affected tooth and its surroundings. It might take a few minutes for the tooth to become numb.

 

By using a small drill, the dentist makes a hole on top of the tooth to access the pulp and nerve. Root canal files are used after to shape and clean inside of the canals and preparing the root canal for final filling material. During the process water or sodium hypochlorite is used periodically to help cleaning out any remaining bacteria or tooth debris. Also, X-rays may be taken to inform the dentist of the ongoing progress.

 

Once bacteria are removed, the dentist will decide to keep going with the filling procedure or to postpone it for the next visit. This depends on the degree of infection. If the filling is postponed, an antimicrobial solution is needed to put in the chamber to kill any remaining bacteria and reduce the risk of further infection. In the last step, the root canal filling is performed.

 

Root canal treats the diseased pulp of the root. To make the teeth look more beautiful and functional, a dental crown or similar dental work is necessary.

Anesthesia type

Local
Root Canal

Root canal removes the bacterial infection entering the tooth pulp or nerve chamber.

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

Feeling pain, soreness, and being sensitive to cold or hot are normal after the root canal treatment.

Post procedure care

  • Don’t chew anything for a few hours after the procedure
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a toothpaste that fights germs

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What you need to know

Not recommended for

Patient with a tooth which is too damaged for the treatment to be effective

Potential risk

  • Reinfection of the tooth
  • Nerve damage around the tooth
  • Structural damage to the treated tooth

Cost parameters

  • Filling materials
  • Number of sessions
  • Patient’s health condition
  • Qualification/expertise of the surgeon

Specialists

Medical Centers