Root Canal Treatment

This type of dental treatment is used to save a tooth when there is an infection or severe inflammation of the pulp of the tooth. Bacteria can enter the tooth pulp via cavities, leaky fillings or fractures. This may lead to an infection or inflammation developing in the tooth pulp which, if left untreated can cause pain, swelling, an abcess and many other oral health issues.

What is root canal treatment?

Nerves, blood vessels and other soft tissue are contained within the pulp in the centre of the tooth. When this pulp is compromised by bacteria, trauma or an infection, the pulp tissue becomes necrotic (it dies) which eventually leads to an abscess that develops as a small pocket of pus at the very base of the root.

The point of a root canal is to remove all the infected, inflamed and dead pulp tissue in the tooth. This also involves cleaning the inside of the tooth to rid it of possible bacteria, and finally fill up the now hollow root canals.
Once a tooth has been root canal treated, a permanent white filling, inlay or crown should be done to restore the tooth completely and strengthen it.

Root Canal in Dubai

Why is root canal treatment important?

  • Root canal treatment is a highly successful way to restore tooth function- the procedure has an approximate success rate of over 95% if done properly.
  • It is a long-lasting procedure that can last a lifetime.
  • It may only require between 1-2 appointments depending on the condition of your tooth.
  • It saves the natural tooth.
  • Helps you chew efficiently without undue stress on surrounding teeth.
  • Feeling and bite force are normal.
  • A very effective means of saving your tooth and relatively painless. The pain levels are comparable to having a normal filling done.

The procedure

  1. A physical examination of the tooth as well as an X-ray is used to establish the degree of infection in the pulp and the bone in the surrounding area.
  2. A local anaesthetic is administered to the area to numb the tooth.
  3. A special sheet of rubber called a rubber dam is fixed around the tooth to keep it dry and free from bacteria and saliva.
  4. A hole is drilled into the tooth to gain access to the infected pulp. This infected pulp is then removed using very fine specialised equipment to completely remove the infection from the inside of the tooth, all the way down the length of the root canals.
  5. Special medical solutions are used to flush away any debris that emerges from the root canals.
  6. Only once the canal is completely cleaned and sealed, the tooth is either fitted with a temporary filling- if the dentist wants to wait to check if the infection has cleared- or permanently restored if all the infection has been cleared out.
  7. Permanent restorations usually mean white fillings and inlays for front teeth. As the posterior teeth take up more pressure on biting and chewing, crowns are usually recommended to prevent future fractures and damage.

This relatively pain-free root canal procedure can be performed by one of our dentists in our Dubai practice.
Maintaining proper oral hygiene and having regular dental check-ups will assure the root canal treatment lasts a lifetime.

You can now enjoy your favourite foods and beam your 100-watt smile with all your natural teeth!

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