How does endodontic treatment save the tooth?
Endodontic treatment usually can be performed in one to two sessions depending on the case and the root canal anatomy:
- First of all, after proper clinical and radiographic diagnosis, the Endodontist anaesthetizes the tooth and isolates it with a protective sheet called “Rubber Dam” to keep it clean and prevent recontamination with saliva.
- Then, the endodontist makes a small opening in the crown to reach the pulp chamber and be able to remove the pulps, clean and shape the canals and refill them. Each appointment lasts roughly 90 minutes.
- Afterward, you will be referred back to your treating dentist for the final restoration.
For the first few days after a root canal therapy, some patients experience sensitivity, swelling, or inflammation, while others experience an uneven bite or a reaction to the medication provided by the endodontist. Regardless of symptoms, a follow-up appointment is almost always needed.
Endodontically treated teeth are often susceptible to fracture, it is advised not to chew or bite on the treated tooth before it’s permanently restored. Depending on the intact remaining tooth structure it is either restored with a normal filling or a crown or an inlay/onlay.
Root canal-treated teeth should last for a long time as other natural teeth, occasionally they may become painful or maybe months or even years after successful treatment, and they can always be retreated to save the tooth.