Root canal treatment is also referred to as an endodontic treatment. With this treatment, a damaged or infected tooth can be restored in place of it being extracted or removed. Many people have this misnomer that root canal treatment is very painful. However, the only discomfort involved is the pain of the injections which is given before the procedure to numb the area.
What does root canal treatment entail?
The outermost layer of the tooth is the enamel. The one inner to this is the dentine. The innermost layer of the tooth is the dental cavity or pulp cavity. This comprises blood vessels, nerves, and cellular matter. During root canal treatment, this matter inside the pulp cavity is taken out. After this, the cavity is cleaned up and disinfected. It is then filled up with a substance like a gutta percha. This is then cemented off from the outside world. A dental crown or cap may be placed atop to function as the tooth which the world sees.
Sometimes, root canal treatment is not successful. It is then repeated. However, if after two attempts as well the treatment is still unsuccessful, then the dentist may opt for tooth extraction as well. Root canal treatment has to be pummeled up with good oral hygiene habits and after care, after it is completed. This is done by maintaining good oral discipline. The person concerned should brush his or her teeth at least twice daily for at least two minutes each time. Also, dental flossing at least once a day should be done. Also, the person should visit the dentist regularly for check-ups.
How is it different from dental implants or dentures?
Dental implants and dentures entail tooth extraction or removal. After this, in dental implant therapy, a titanium screw is embedded in the jaw bone. The jaw bone grows around the implant and makes it firm in its position after three to four months. A dental cap or crown is placed atop the implant to function as the tooth as we see it. Dental implants are permanent and can last for the entire lifetime of a person. However, dentures are a bit different. They are what is termed as a set of ‘false teeth.’ These are removed each night and placed in a beaker full of cleansing liquid. Also, dentures can last for five to seven years, and not more than that. They have to be replaced because they become loose or ill-fitting. Dentures and implants both need to be looked at by a suitable dentist now and then on a regular basis for adjustments.
Dental implants restore a person’s original smile and manner of eating and drinking back. However, dentures do not do so entirely. They can be made out in most cases. Dentures may also accidentally slip out of the mouth of a person if he or she laughs too loudly. Also, they may crack up if a person bites into a food item which is too hard or sticky.
For details contact: Douglasville Dental Associates 9579 Highway 5, Suite 701, Douglasville GA, 30135. Call: (770) 400-0019.