Root canal treatment is also termed endodontic treatment. Via this mode of dental treatment, the tooth or teeth of a person are not extracted out and replaced. In its place, they are restored. A lot of people have the misnomer that root canal treatment is very painful. In reality, the only discomfort involved is that of the injections which are given to numb the area of the mouth in which the treatment is to be done. Other than this, there is no discomfort involved.
How is endodontic treatment done?
The outermost part of the tooth is called the enamel. Inner to this is the dentine, and the innermost layer is the pulp chamber or pulp cavity. This comprises blood vessels, nerves, and other cellular matter. In endodontic treatment, the matter inside the dental cavity is removed, and this place is fully cleared up. It is then disinfected and filled up with a substance called gutta percha. The chamber is then sealed off from the outside environs. A dental cap or crown may be placed atop the existing tooth.
How does one take care of a tooth which has had the endodontic treatment done on it?
The after treatment of root canal therapy is pretty strict. The patient should take care that he or she follows strict oral hygiene rules and regulations. For example, it is good to brush your teeth each time after having food or drink. If this is not possible, it is wise to brush at least twice each day for at least two minutes each time. Also, one should at least rinse the mouth well each time after eating or drinking. At least once a day a person should go in for dental flossing as well. Also, regular trips to the dentist must be undertaken to ensure that good follow-up action is taken at all times.
How is endodontic treatment different from dental implants?
In the case of dental implants, the damaged or infected tooth or teeth are removed or extracted out. In their place, a titanium screw is embedded into the jaw bone. The jaw bone grows around this screw naturally within three to four months and makes it firm there. A dental crown or cap is placed atop the screw to function as the tooth which the world sees. Dental implants’ treatment ensures that a person gets his or her smile as close to their natural smile as is possible. The facial structure of the patient to does not get altered much as it does in the case of denture treatment. Dental implants can last for the entire lifetime of a person if they are taken good care of. Also, these are very permanent are do not have to be removed at night as is the case with dentures. Dentures, incidentally, need to be changed after every five to seven years since they may become loose or ill-fitting.
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