Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the treatment of diseases of the pulp (blood vessels and nerves) and surrounding root tissues of the tooth.
Situations where root canal treatment should be applied
- When the pulp of the tooth is affected by caries
- When a broken or cracked tooth occurs for any reason
- Infections due to trauma or pulp.
The most common symptoms of infection in the patient are pain that does not respond to pain relievers. Swelling, redness around the tooth, especially sensitivity in heat and a feeling of fullness in chewing. In the presence of these symptoms, x-rays are taken from the tooth and the pulp and root tip tissues of the tooth are evaluated and root canal treatment is applied. The aim of the treatment is to eliminate the factor that causes the pulp infection and to restore the tooth to a healthy chewing function.
The treatment may take a few sessions depending on the condition of the inflammation in the tooth, and in some cases, it can be completed in one session. The most common complication between sessions is fracture. Sensitivity to chewing and touching on the tooth for a certain period between sessions and at the end of the treatment is normal and can be relieved with painkillers.
Root canal treatment is the last chance of treatment to save tooth extraction. Narrow and blocked canals, curved root tips that cannot be reached, negatively affect the success of the treatment. In these cases, endodontic surgery may be required.
Color change can be seen over time in teeth that have previously had root canal treatment. By applying bleaching procedures to a tooth that has been colored due to root canal treatment, color changes in the tooth can be removed. In the case of color changes caused by trauma, after the canal treatment is applied to the tooth, whitening procedures are applied.