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Root canals of teeth

Root canals are an important part of the teeth, as they contain the dental pulp, which in turn includes the blood vessels, tissues and nerves that keep the tooth alive.

If you find yourself experiencing pain when chewing or biting, have swelling around a tooth, or feel sensitivity to hot or cold, you may need a root canal treatment. At Clinica Ford we will tell you everything you need to know about this topic. Come and join us!

Overview of the treatment process

The main objective of root canal treatment is to save the tooth and treat the infection or inflammation of the dental pulp. When the dental pulp is infected or inflamed due to factors such as: dental caries, dental trauma, gum disease, among others; a root canal treatment may be recommended to avoid tooth extraction and prevent oral health complications.

Causes of necessary root canals

Patients who come to the dentist’s office usually manifest symptoms such as: intense toothache, sensitivity to heat, cold or sweetness, swelling in the affected area, redness and sensitivity to touch. Although the causes of this type of symptomatology can be diverse, the most common are:

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Caries

When tooth decay is too deep and extends to the dental pulp, it can cause infection and require root canal treatment.

Dental Injuries or Trauma

Dental injury or trauma can cause damage to the dental pulp because the force of the impact can damage the internal structure of the tooth, causing a break or fissure that allows bacteria to penetrate the pulp tissue.

Gum Disease and Periodontal Disease

Gum disease or periodontal disease can affect the dental pulp, as the progression of such disease tends to cause exposure of the dental root and erosion of the bone supporting the tooth.

Over time, this can lead to an infection in the dental pulp that could spread through the root canals of the tooth and generate much, much more pain.

Additionally, inflammation and damage to the surrounding tissue can compromise the tooth’s ability to stay in place, resulting in tooth loss.

Genetics and congenital disorders

Congenital or genetic disorders cause damage to the dental pulp in several ways. For example, some people are born with teeth with a narrow root canal, which can make the dental pulp more vulnerable to infection and inflammation. Also, certain genetic disorders can cause the teeth to gradually separate from the gum, resulting in exposure of the tooth root, which makes it more susceptible to infection and subsequent inflammation of the pulp.

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Preparation for root canal treatment

Preparation for root canal treatment begins with a thorough dental evaluation, which will determine if the treatment is right for the patient and lay the groundwork for establishing an individualized treatment plan. Prior to treatment, the endodontist takes x-rays of the tooth and carefully examines the tooth structure to identify any areas of inflammation or infection in the pulp.

Cleaning and disinfection of the teeth prior to treatment is performed by removing any accumulation of plaque or dental calculus, which is a professional cleaning. After cleaning, an antiseptic is usually applied to kill bacteria and minimize the risk of secondary infection.

Most patients undergo local anesthesia prior to root canal treatment of the teeth to minimize pain and discomfort during the procedure. In some cases, conscious sedation may be offered to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed.

During treatment, the specialist will work carefully to remove inflamed or infected pulp tissue and clean the root canal thoroughly. It is possible that the same patient may require multiple visits to complete the treatment correctly.

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