Root canal treatment
Endodontology is used when an root canal treatment is preformed. This treatment is used when the dental pulp is inflamed. The dental pulp is the living part of the tooth which contains blood vessels and nerves. It is very important to use the correct disinfectant materials and files. The canal is completely cleaned right to the tip of the root. The canal is then refilled.
What is essential to this is the compression of what we call the gutta percha. This ensures a hermetic seal which prevents bacteria from entering again. Finally, the tooth is filled with a filling or crown. It is very important that this is finished correctly to prevent new infection.
Pain from endodontology
Toothache is usually the result of decay (a cavity). The tooth first becomes sensitive to cold and then heat. It then develops into an intense throbbing pain (usually at night). The tooth then becomes sensitive when biting. By now, the innermost part of the tooth is inflamed (pulpitis). Root canal surgery can be avoided through early intervention. If it is still necessary, root canal surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. In most cases this is not painful. In the case of acute inflammation, sometimes when combined with an abscess (pus), anaesthesia is difficult. The treatment is usually completed at a later date, when anaesthesia is possible.
Afterpain may develop following treatment. This can sometimes last for a few days. It can be treated simply with ordinary painkillers.
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