What is a root canal?
Endodontics is what is popularly referred to as “nerve killing,” and refers to the treatment of the tooth’s ducts. Through this treatment, the dentist totally or partially removes the pulp from the tooth and then proceed to seal it. Endodontics is usually performed when caries has reached the pulp causing its infection, but this is not the only cause. Other causes that can generate a pulpitis and therefore need a treatment of endodontics are:
• Fractures or dental trauma.
• Dental wear caused, among others, by habits such as bruxism.
How is a root canal performed?
Performing an endodontic needs local anesthesia. First a hole is made in the crown of the tooth in order to extract the affected pulp and proceed to the cleaning and sealing of the conduit. After this process, the tooth is totally numb.
How long can an endodontic tooth last?
It will depend on the care of the treated tooth. An endodontic tooth is weaker than a normal piece because it loses vitality by extracting the pulp, so it can fracture more easily and can even suffer a cavities again. That is why it is essential to maintain correct hygiene habits and to visit frequently the dentist to make a review and evaluate the evolution of the treatment performed.
Can endodontics be prevented?
Of course. As explained above, endodontics, in most cases, originates from untreated tooth decay. If we maintain correct habits of dental hygiene and we go periodically to the dentist, we will be able to diagnose in time any oral pathology. If we have discomfort and do not go promptly to the dentist, the initial caries will advance causing pain as the dental pulp is affected. An early diagnosis is undoubtedly the best form of prevention.