WHAT IS ENDODONTIC TREATMENT (ROOT CANAL TREATMENT)?
Endodontic Treatment (Root Canal Treatment) is the process of removing the vascular nerve package (dental pulp) inside the tooth and disinfecting the area, and then filling the root canal cavity with special materials.
WHO IS AN ENDODONTIST?
After graduating from the faculty of dentistry, by completing 3 or 5 years of specialization or doctoral education on endodontics; Dentists who specialize in endodontics are called endodontists. General dentists also perform root canal treatment; they can refer more complex and difficult cases to the endodontist.
IN WHICH SITUATIONS IS CANAL TREATMENT APPLIED?
Root canal treatment may be required in cases such as dental caries reaching the pulp, trauma, and infection. Your physician will conduct the necessary clinical and radiographic examination and guide you to perform the necessary treatment.
CAN PAIN FEEL DURING CANAL TREATMENT? Before root canal treatment, the teeth and surrounding tissues are anesthetized with local anesthesia. The patient does not feel pain during the treatment. In some cases, the patient may feel a little discomfort. Such situations are easily resolved with auxiliary anesthesia techniques.
HOW LONG DOES CANAL TREATMENT TAKE TO COMPLETE?
Root canal treatment can take approximately 30 to 90 minutes. This period varies according to the number of roots in the tooth and the anatomical structure of the tooth. Although single-session treatments are usually performed, in cases such as infection and root canal recurrence, treatment may be required in more than one session by placing medication inside the tooth.
IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE ANOTHER PROCEDURE AFTER CANAL TREATMENT?
After root canal treatment, the upper restoration of the tooth is required. Repairing the hard tissue loss in the tooth and restoring the tooth correctly is very important for the success of root canal treatment. After the root canal treatment, the teeth with less material loss are filled, while the teeth with more material loss are treated such as onlays or veneers. The restoration phase is very important for the tooth to stay in the mouth longer.
CAN I OPERATE AGAIN IN A TOOTH THAT HAS BEEN CANAL TREATMENT BEFORE? CAN CANAL TREATMENT BE REPEATED?
The chances of success are quite high in well-done root canal treatments. However, in some cases, re-infection may occur. In such cases, treatments such as retreatment or extraction are applied depending on the condition of the tooth. Although root canal treatment is a more difficult and longer treatment than the first root canal treatment, it provides great benefits in keeping the tooth in the mouth in appropriate cases and when applied correctly.