Root canal treatment is also called endodontic treatment. Incidentally, the outermost layer of the tooth is called the enamel. The one inner to this is the dentine, and inner to this even is the dental cavity or the pulp cavity. This is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and cellular matter. During a root canal procedure, this cavity is cleared up of all the matter in it after numbing the area. It is then cleared up thoroughly well and is disinfected. Then, a substance like a gutta percha is inserted into this pulp cavity. The cavity is filled with this and is sealed off from the outside environs. A dental crown or cap may be placed atop the cavity to function as the tooth which the world sees.
A lot of people have this misnomer that root canal procedure is very painful. However, this is not so. Before commencing any work in the mouth area, the dentist makes it a point to numb it with injections. Thus, the patient does not feel the pain of the procedure. However, the entire procedure does involve reaching up to the pulp cavity and cleaning it up fully well. Thus, after the effect of the anesthesia wears off, it is likely that the patient feels a bit of discomfort. If the pain is unbearable, it is best to consult the dentist and ask him or her to give an antibiotic or some other pain killer. This will have its effect in a few minutes, and the patient will be put at ease.
How is this procedure different from dental implants or dentures?
This procedure is different from dental implants and dentures since both of these involve tooth extraction. Root canal therapy, on the other hand, involves tooth restoration. The tooth is not plucked out, albeit, it is restored. Thus the patient can live with his her original tooth for a longer time. Dentures are like temporary teeth. The removable dentures are taken out each night and placed in a container full of cleansing liquid into which a cleansing tablet has been added. They can be cleaned with the cleaning liquid as well. Dentures, also, can become loose or ill-fitting with time. They need to be replaced after every five to seven years. Dental implants, on the flip side, can last for as long as the person lives if they are cared for properly. There is a bit of danger with dentures which can slip out of the mouth of the person if he or she laughs too loudly. Such can never really happen with dental implants. Root canal therapy also, like dentures and dental implants, should be shown to the dentist for regular check-ups so that the patient can be apprised of its present status. If this procedure is not successful on the first go, the patient can go in for it the second time. However, if it is not successful even in the second attempt, it is best to get the tooth plucked out and replaced.
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