Root Canal Treatment

What is root canal treatment?

The term “canal” in the root canal treatment is the natural cavity in the middle of the tooth. Inside this cavity is the pulp chamber, which contains tissues such as nerves and vessels in the tooth. Teeth can be functional without nerves. However, the pain caused by a decay that has progressed to the nerves before root canal treatment is due to the nerves in the pulp and their damage. Root canal treatment is an endodontic treatment method that does not aim to remove the damaged nerves together with caries and other harmful tissues and eliminate the problem.

Root canal treatment is a method based on cleaning the decayed tooth by drilling a hole in it and reaching the natural cavity of the tooth. First, this cavity in the tooth is accessed, then the pulp chamber and the nerves in the tooth are removed. After the inside of the tooth is sterilized, it is tamponed and protected to prevent further damage. At this point, the main reason for removing the pulp chamber together with the nerves is to take precautions against other harmful bacteria that may occur and to eliminate the environment that can host these bacteria. This prevents infection and inflammation of the tooth. Pulp tissue left in the tooth can cause inflammation in the cavity again in the future, leading to swelling in the tooth, which can even cause bone loss.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay is damage to the tooth enamel and the underlying dentin tissue and tooth root. Tooth decay is a common problem that both children, adolescents and adults can face when they have oral and dental problems. Caries, which has a wide extent that can also affect the tooth root, is caused by the deterioration and wear of the enamel on the outer layer of the teeth. As the enamel wears away, the teeth begin to be damaged and decay. As we all know, one of the most common causes of tooth decay is the consumption of sugary foods and drinks. When we consume sugary foods, plaques with harmful bacteria begin to form on the teeth. The bacteria produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel bgradually. These acids cause the tooth bone under the enamel to emerge and the tooth becomes extremely vulnerable. This dental problem is called tooth decay.

In some cases, tooth decay in its early stages can be treated with beneficial minerals in the salivary glands or fluoride in toothpaste. However, if sugary foods and drinks are consumed on a regular basis, tooth decay can quickly advance and require more extensive medical treatment. In the following cases, your tooth has started to decay and you need root canal treatment:

  • If your tooth has decay down to the pulp chamber,
  • If the nerves in the pulp chamber are beginning to be damaged,
  • If the nerves are covered with harmful bacteria,
  • If your teeth are extremely sensitive when you chew, bite, contact with hot and cold foods or with no reason,

How is Root Canal Treatment Performed?

Root canal treatment consists of a systematic and constructive treatment process. In the first stage of the treatment, the problematic area is identified and, where necessary, a dental x-ray is taken to determine where the tissue is damaged, what condition the dental nerves are in and from which area the treatment should start. After these determinations are made, local anesthesia is applied to the area where the tooth is located. The anesthesia takes effect within 10 to 25 minutes.

Once the anesthesia has taken effect, a hole is drilled through the side of the tooth to access the inside of the tooth. Through the hole, pulp tissue, decayed nerve tissues and bacteria are removed. After this process is completed, the inside of the tooth is sterilized, washed with special liquids and all residues that may remain inside the tooth are removed. After the cleaning process is finished, the root canal treatment continues with the filling process. The hole is covered and filled with a special filling material and the treatment is completed. In some special cases, the dentist may find it appropriate to do the filling in the next session, but in most cases, the permanent filling is applied in the first session and the root canal treatment is thus completed in a single visit to the dentist.

How long does Root Canal Treatment take?

Although the duration of root canal treatment may vary from patient to patient, a root canal treatment takes about 1.5-2 hours if no problems arise. It is worth noting that when choosing a dentist for root canal treatment, it is important to do thorough research, get advice and references and choose the best dentist, which will greatly facilitate your treatment process without any problems.

Root Canal Treatment Prices

The root canal treatment prices offered by each clinic and each dentist can be different from each other. The experience of the dentist you choose, his/her area of specialization and level of experience in root canal treatment are among the most important factors affecting root canal treatment prices. In addition, special conditions in your teeth and treatment methods that may vary according to these special conditions may also cause prices to change. When choosing a root canal treatment practice before having your treatment, you should research the background of the dentists and, if necessary, get recommendations and references from other patients. Remember that root canal treatment is an effective tooth decay treatment that offers tested and approved results. You need to consult to an endodontic specialist to eliminate the dangers and diseases that can be caused by tooth decay. Due to the law, we cannot provide price information on our website, but we are as close as a phone.