Root Canal Treatment

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is the process of removing the infected or damaged tissue (pulp) on the inside of the tooth and cleaning and filling the gap. It ensures that the tooth maintains its function by preserving its natural structure and is usually done to relieve pain and infection. Here is detailed information about root canal treatment:

Purpose of Root Canal Treatment


Root canal treatment is applied in cases where the nerve and vascular tissue of the tooth, called pulp, is infected or damaged. Treatment aims to save the tooth rather than extract it. 

Pulp infection can often be caused by:


  • Deep Caries: Decays that reach the deep layers of the tooth.

  • Repetitive Dental Treatments: Multiple fillings or other procedures on a tooth.

  • Cracks or Fractures: Cracks or fractures that occur in the tooth.

  • Traumas: Damage to the pulp as a result of blows to the tooth.


Symptoms of Root Canal Treatment


Some signs that you may need root canal treatment include:


  • Severe toothache, especially when chewing or applying pressure.

  • Prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold.

  • Tooth discoloration.

  • Swelling and sensitivity in the gums.

  • A stinging or throbbing pain in the tooth.

  • Swelling in lymph nodes or surrounding tissues.

Stages of Root Canal Treatment


  • Examination and X-rays: Your dentist examines the tooth and takes x-rays to determine the extent of infection or damage.

  • Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is applied so that you do not feel pain during the treatment.

  • Opening the Pulp Chamber: The pulp chamber is accessed by opening a small hole in the crown of the tooth.

  • Pulp Removal: Infected or damaged pulp is removed and the root canals are cleaned.

  • Shaping of Canals: Root canals are shaped and disinfected with special tools.

  • Placement of Filling Material: Cleaned root canals are usually filled with a flexible material called gutta-percha.

  • Temporary Filling: When the treatment is completed, the tooth is closed with a temporary filling. A permanent filling or crown can then be placed.


Advantages of Root Canal Treatment


  • Saving the Tooth: Saving an infected or damaged tooth rather than extracting it preserves the natural tooth structure.

  • Pain Relief: Pain caused by infection and inflammation is eliminated.

  • Preservation of Functionality: The treated tooth can maintain normal chewing and speech functions.


Care After Root Canal Treatment


Pain Management: Mild pain or discomfort after treatment is normal and can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Protection of Temporary Filling: If a temporary filling has been placed, care should be taken until the permanent filling or crown is placed.

Regular Dentist Check-ups: It is important to go for regular dentist check-ups for the condition of the treated tooth and general oral health.

Good Oral Hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps ensure the longevity of the treated tooth.


Root canal treatment aims to preserve your dental health and aesthetics by saving the tooth instead of extracting it. Your dentist will help you manage the process successfully by determining the most suitable treatment options for you.


Here's Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure used to treat infection or damage within the tooth’s pulp (the innermost part of the tooth). The procedure involves removing the damaged or infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing it to prevent further infection.

What are the advantages of root canal treatment?

Advantages include saving the natural tooth, relieving pain caused by infection or damage, preventing the spread of infection to other teeth, and restoring normal chewing and biting function. It also helps maintain the natural appearance of your smile.

Will I feel pain during the root canal procedure?

The root canal procedure is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring that you do not feel pain during the treatment. Some discomfort or mild pain may be experienced after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.

How long does the root canal procedure take?

The duration of the root canal procedure depends on the complexity of the case and the tooth being treated. Typically, it takes about 1 to 2 hours and may require one or more visits to complete the treatment.

How long do the results of a root canal last?

With proper care, the results of a root canal can last a lifetime. The treated tooth should be maintained with good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and, if necessary, a crown to protect the tooth from further damage.

What should I do after the root canal procedure?

After the procedure, follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions, which may include avoiding hard or chewy foods until the permanent filling or crown is placed, maintaining good oral hygiene, and attending follow-up appointments to monitor the treated tooth.

What happens if I don't get a root canal?

If a root canal is not performed on an infected or damaged tooth, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth, leading to more severe dental issues, abscesses, and potentially the loss of the tooth. It can also cause significant pain and swelling.

How is a root canal different from a tooth extraction?

A root canal saves the natural tooth by removing the infected or damaged pulp and sealing the tooth, while a tooth extraction involves removing the entire tooth. Root canals preserve your natural smile and maintain the alignment and function of your teeth.

Who is a good candidate for root canal treatment?

Good candidates for root canal treatment are individuals with a tooth that is severely decayed, damaged, or infected but can still be preserved. Symptoms such as severe tooth pain, sensitivity, swelling, and discoloration may indicate the need for a root canal.

What is the cost of root canal treatment?

The cost of root canal treatment varies based on factors such as the tooth being treated (front teeth typically cost less than molars) and the complexity of the case.

To clarify your treatment process and costs, we offer a free consultation service. You can get detailed information by filling out the form below or by contacting us directly.

Treatment Procedure

Root Canal Treatment treatment process involves several important steps to achieve a successful outcome. Here is a detailed summary of the treatment procedure:


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