Content overseen by dr. Cristina Novac who has an experience of over 8 years in stomatology and is a certified doctor in general dentistry.
The endodontic treatments, also known as root canal treatments, are performed when the nerve of the tooth is affected by decay. The injured part of the tooth is the dental pulp, on which the doctor will focus and make a root canal intervention. If you think you may need an endodontic treatment, our dentists in Dubai are prepared to offer complete information on this matter. Keep in mind that if a tooth can no longer be saved, your dentist can suggest dental implants in Dubai, a suitable dental treatment that can successfully improve your denture and overall appearance.
Root canal infection – an overview
When the decay develops on the tooth and then on the pulp of the tooth, you may not feel any pain for a long time. But as the decay is spreading up to the other parts of the tooth, the patient will start to feel mild to severe pain. Because root canal injuries are painless for a long period of time, most of the patients come to our dental clinics in Dubai when their situation worsens. In some cases, a cavity in the pulp area can lead to an abscess, which is a severe inflammation of the tissues around the infected tooth. Usually, the infections are caused by bacteria living in the oral region. They can attack the pulp of the tooth if there is tooth decay or if the tooth is damaged after various traumas. If the pulp is injured, the tooth may be darkened and, in some cases, it could mean that the tooth has died. Here is an infographic with extra details about root canal treatments:
Root canal treatments in Dubai
Although the doctor has to operate in a very delicate area of the tooth, as a patient you should know that the procedure itself is not painful. Our Dubai dentists will perform an X-ray, which will help them understand more about the location and the gravity of the root canal problems. If the tooth is badly injured, several visits at our dental clinic in Dubai may be needed. According to the gravity of the injury, the dentists will apply the anesthetics. The first step is to assess whether the tooth may be saved or not. If our dentists in Dubai can save the tooth, the bacteria will be removed and, after that, on the cleaned area (root canal and tooth), the dentist will apply a filling. The root canal interventions are successful procedures, as in nine out of ten cases, the tooth will survive for eight or ten years.
Dental implants in Dubai are among the most requested dental treatments by our patients. Before starting the necessary procedures, the dentists will do a complete evaluation of the teeth, and where necessary, interventions will be performed to eliminate caries, bacterial plaque, and tartar. Also, patients will be explained what local anesthesia entails, what the risks are if they exist, and if a set of analyzes is needed before starting the treatment.
The main steps of a root canal treatment
A root canal treatment involves several steps which can be explained by our Dubai dentist. Here are the main stages comprised of a root canal treatment:
- a dental x-ray will be performed;
- once the problem is discovered, the local anesthesia is applied;
- a dental dam is placed over the affected tooth;
- a small access hole will be drilled in the problematic tooth;
- the decayed pulp and the nerves will be then eliminated from the pulp chamber;
- antiseptic will be used to clean the area;
- the canals will be sealed with fillings;
- a permanent or a temporary filling material will be used to close the hole;
- antibiotics can be prescribed to prevent possible infections.
What to expect after a root canal treatment
Our dentist in Dubai who performs root canal treatments recommends to all patients several dental appointments, where dental x-rays will be made to see the status of the treated tooth. A dental x-ray can help the dentist observe if the tooth infection is properly eliminated or further treatments are necessary. As for the home remedies, daily routines like brushing and flossing the teeth are mandatory. It is suggested also to use a mouthwash based on fluoride, as a proper solution to fight germs and bacteria, the one culpable for developing tooth decay.
How do you know if you need a root canal treatment?
In the case you suffer from injured or cracked teeth, the dentist will propose a root canal treatment. The same treatment is recommended for problematic tooth fillings or deep cavities that cannot be treated otherwise. Persons who detect chipped or cracked teeth, severe pain when eating, swollen and/or tender gums, toothache, deep decay must see a dentist and ask for treatments. These are cases where root canal treatments can be required. The sensitivity developed when drinking hot or cold beverages should raise question marks and send a person to see the doctor. Our team of dentists in Dubai has experience in a wide range of dental procedures, among which, the root canal treatment. Please feel free to get in touch with us if you sense the above-mentioned symptoms and let us propose a complete treatment plan for your needs.
We invite you to watch a video about what a root canal treatment means and how it can be performed:
Does a canal root hurt?
A root canal treatment cannot be performed without local anesthesia. Such a treatment is about the same as other dental procedures, with the mention that patients might feel mild discomfort for a couple of days, after a root canal treatment. In some cases, the discomfort is about the same as for a removed wisdom tooth, according to medical research.
Can I return to the daily activities after a root canal treatment?
Yes, patients will feel numb for a couple of hours after a root canal treatment and related procedures, with the mention that they should not eat right away. The dentist in Dubai will tell you what to do after a root canal procedure. Resting for a couple of hours or taking the day off might be great recommendations for patients who received root canal treatments, but only the dentist can say what is best in such cases. You can talk to our Dubai dentist and find out all you need to know about root canal treatments and about the post-procedure recommendations.
Saving the teeth with root canal treatments
Deep decay can change the structure of a tooth and can make serious damages, while the pulp gets inflamed. Untreated tooth infections may lead to serious problems, but luckily, a root canal treatment can be a great solution in such cases. The inflamed and damaged pulp by bacteria and decay will be removed. Then, the inside area of the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected, leaving space to insert the gutta-percha, a rubber-like material that restores the roots of the tooth. The next step involves the restoration of the tooth, with the help of dental fillings and materials, offering back the functions of the tooth. Root canal treatments are extremely important and the main solutions for saving the decayed or problematic teeth. Patients will then continue to eat properly, maintain the natural smile, and enjoy a healthy denture.
Taking care of the teeth after a root canal treatment
Even if you heard it for some many times, brushing the teeth twice per day remains the same important advice if you want to have healthy and strong teeth. It is highly important to properly clean the denture and to eliminate the leftovers and debris between the teeth. Your dentist in Dubai will tell you about the foods you should avoid after root canal treatments, such as hard aliments, sticky gums or bonbons, crusty pizza, etc. You can eat soft puddings, creamy cheese, rice, soft fruits, and vegetables for a while. A healthy diet is the one recommended by the doctor who knows your dental problems, so make sure you understand what you need to do after a root canal treatment.
How long does it take to perform a root canal treatment?
Specialists and dentists will ask for a couple of dental visits until a root canal treatment is completed, but there are also cases where a single visit is enough. According to medicinenet.com, the platform that comprises information and research articles related to medical treatments mentions that a root canal treatment can be done in two appointments for successful results. The main target of a dentist is to remove bacteria and decay as much as possible. We have gathered some facts and figures about teeth and denture that you might find it interesting:
- Poor oral hygiene can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease;
- People spend around 38 days brushing the teeth in a lifetime;
- The dental floss for sale purposes was created in 1882;
- While children laugh about 400 times per day, adults smile only 15 times per day;
- Tooth decay represents the second most common disease that affects people, right after cold.
For complete information about the root canal treatments, please feel free to contact our team of dentists in Dubai.