Tooth pain or sensitivity can be a sign of inflammation or infection inside the tooth. Root canal treatment or endodontic treatment focuses on preserving and restoring teeth by eliminating infection and inflammation to avoid tooth extraction. At Elite Dental, we have a team of highly skilled endodontists who can deliver the right treatment to restore the health of your teeth.
1. What is a root canal?
The tooth has two parts, the crown, and the root. The crown is the top that is exposed above the gum. The root descends below the gum line. The tooth pulp is the most vital part of the tooth, originating in the center of the tooth, underneath the crown. The tooth pulp is soft and consists of blood vessels and nerve fibers. The reason for root canal pain can be due to trauma, cavity, or bacteria invasion.
There are a few symptoms that mean you might need a root canal treatment:
- Severe pain with chewing or biting
- Abscesses on the gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
2. Why a root canal treatment is important?
If you are recommended for a root canal, here are 5 reasons you should never delay the treatment.
- Prevent infection and dying teeth. The pulp is the living portion of the tooth. In a healthy tooth, the enamel and dentin layers protect the pulp from infection. When the tooth is cracked or decayed, the pulp is more vulnerable to bacteria. This can cause the pulp to swell, causing pressure and pain, as well as infection. In more severe cases, the pressure on the pulp leads to the cutting off of blood flow. Ultimately, resulting in a dying tooth.
- Get rid of tooth pain. Pain is the most frustrating symptom of a root canal. By getting treatment on time, you can minimize and prevent the risk of suffering from tooth pain.
- Heal the pulp correctly. When you have a root canal, the pulp does not heal on its own. Symptoms, such as pain and discomfort may subside; however, these are not a good side. In fact, it can indicate the nerves in the pulp are damaged or dead; therefore, sensations of the tooth can become uncertain. It is necessary to get a root canal treatment as soon as possible to ensure the nerves and blood vessels of the tooth are undamaged.
- Prevent complications. Waiting too long to get a root canal can result in complications. Bacteria inside the root canal can travel to the soft tissues in the gum line and jaw, causing systemic infection, which can lead to a greater risk of serious illnesses such as stroke, heart disease, etc.
- Preserve the tooth. A root canal can oftentimes lead to tooth loss. This generally occurs when the root of an infected tooth has gone untreated for so long that results in bone loss. Tooth loss can create many problems, including malocclusion or a misaligned bite, wear and tear on the other teeth, and eventually loss of more teeth.
3. What is the root canal treatment procedure?
Root canal treatment aims to remove bacteria and protect the cleaned area by sealing it. By knowing how the procedure is performed, you can mentally prepare yourself and be less anxious during your visit to the dental office.
At Elite Dental, a root canal treatment can be done within 1-to 2 appointments. The typical procedure often follows the following steps:
Step 1: Initial consultation. Your specialist endodontist will examine your overall dental health and assess the condition of the damage. Next, you will be prescribed to get an X-ray scan. This allows your endodontist to accurately evaluate the condition of your tooth, from the root canal and the pulp chamber to the severity of infection or bone loss, if present. Then, your dentist will discuss the condition, treatment, time, and cost with you.
Step 2: Performing the procedure. Before having root canal treatment, you will usually be given a local anesthetic. This means the procedure should be painless and no more unpleasant than having a filling. In cases where the tooth is dead, anesthesia may not be needed since you can no longer feel pain in this tooth. Root canal treatment aims to treat the infection in the root canal; therefore, the bacteria need to be removed. After the bacteria have been removed, the root canal is filled and the tooth sealed with a filling or crown. This will help protect any damages from cracking or chipping, as well as maintain the longevity and function of the tooth.
Depending on the complication of your root canal, you may need to visit the dental office in 1 to 2 appointments. In case a second appointment is needed, after the first appointment, your dentist will put an antiseptic in the canal and make a temporary filling to avoid food getting stuck and causing further infection of the pulp.
4. Recovering from root canal treatment
After your final treatment, your restored tooth should no longer be painful, although it may feel sore for a few days. Your dentist may suggest you take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to relieve any discomfort.
It’s important to look after your teeth when recovering from root canal treatment. In most cases, it’s possible to protect your restored tooth and prevent the need for further root canal treatment by:
- Avoid biting on hard foods until your treatment is complete.
- If you need a second visit to the office, you should eat soft foods to avoid creating pressure on the tooth that is still getting restored.
- Keep your teeth clean by brushing gently and using an antibacterial mouthwash.
- Get periodic check-ups for the restored tooth and general dental cleaning.
5. How much does a root canal treatment cost?
The cost of root canal treatment depends on the position and the condition of the tooth. Below is the price list for root canal and endodontic treatment at Elite Dental. If you need more details about your specific condition, please leave an inquiry or contact us to receive our assistance.
|Root Canal – Endodontics
|Calcium hydroxide filling
|Endodontics (no dam) incisor and canine
|Endodontics (no dam) premolar
|Endodontics (no dam) molar
|Re-treatment (no dam) incisor and canine
|Re-treatment (no dam) premolar
|Re-treatment (no dam) molar
|Root canal primary molar + GIC filling
|Root canal primary incisor + GIC filling
|Pulpectomy (pulp removal) + GIC filling
|MTA filling – molar
|MTA filling – premolar
|MTA filling – incisor and canine
|Root canal crowning
Detailed advice on costs and treatment plans
Elite Dental is one of the most renowned dental clinics in Ho Chi Minh City. As a specialized dental clinic, we have a team of in-house endodontic experts. Our dentists are highly experienced, and we have a record of several successful cases.
Because our patients’ experiences are our top priority, we equipped ourselves with state-of-the-art dental equipment and technology. With Elite Dental, you can feel confident knowing that we care for honesty and professionalism throughout your entire care with us.
If you have questions or need more any advice, please contact our Hotline 0902 661 100 – 0902 559 888 for further support.
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