The department in which all root canal treatments are applied within the scope of oral and dental health is called Endodontics.

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What is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is the cleaning, disinfection and filling of infected nerves in the canals of the tooth as a result of the loss of vitality of the nerves and veins in the tooth as a result of cracks and fractures in the teeth, caries in the tooth, wrong treatment processes, incorrect restorations.


When is root canal treatment required?

  • In caries that have progressed to the nerve of the tooth,
  • In cases where fractures involving the nerve of the tooth occur as a result of trauma,
  • In cases where the tooth loses its vitality as a result of excessive force on the tooth as a result of orthodontic treatment,
  • In advanced gum diseases,
  • In the elimination of sensitivity caused by advanced wear on the teeth,
  • High filled fillings or prostheses are also required.

How do you know when a tooth needs root canal treatment?

  • Very severe hot and cold sensitivity in your tooth,
  • Özellikle geceleri hiçbir uyaran olmadan ağrı,
  • If you have toothache while eating
  • Color change in your teeth as a result of the death of nerves,
  • Swelling on your face as a result of abscess formation,
  • In some cases, it is understood that treatment is required in the dental and radiological examinations performed without any symptoms.

What are the stages of root canal treatment?

  • With anesthesia, you will not feel any pain.
  • The decay is cleaned or the broken part is removed and the nerves of the tooth are reached.
  • The nerves and tissues at the root of the tooth are cleaned.
  • The root canal is shaped up to the root tip.
  • Depending on the condition of the tooth, a single-session treatment can be performed, or there may be treatments that take several sessions
  • In between sessions, dressing is done with drugs that will heal the root and root tip.
  • At the end of the root canal treatment, the canal is filled up to the root tip with special filling materials.

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Frequently asked questions about root canal treatment

How long does a root canal treatment take?
Depending on the state of one’s teeth, root canal treatment can be made in one or two sessions. For teeth with infection, it may take a few sessions in order to make sure that the infection was totally eradicated. Root canal treatment without significant complications is usually performed in one visit.
Is it possible to achieve the same results in all types of discolouration?
Yellow and light brown discolorations, which develop with time, give the best results if bleached. Dark brown, blue-grey discolorations, however, are ones, which reached the deepest structure of enamel and are hard to remove. Such types of discolouration usually develop as the result of using antibiotics such as tetracycline during teeth growth and may require an increase in teeth whitening sessions in order to achieve desired effects.
Can a tooth, which underwent the root canal treatment hurt?
During root canal treatment the tooth nerves are removed, thus, such a tooth will not be affected by outside stimuli. After the treatment, for a few weeks, a minor pain or sensitiveness while chewing may be experienced because a tooth, like all tissues in our bodies, needs time to recover.
What shall I do if the pain does not go away?
If the pain does not fade there may be missing root canal filling. In such occurrences, a retreatment is conducted, including removal of root canal filling, repeated cleaning of the canal and refilling it again with the special material. If this will not bring desired effects, a surgery called root -resection may be performed to solve the issue.
How can the tooth restoration after root canal treatment be performed?
If the tooth undergoing the root canal treatment is a front one or there is a small material loss, tooth filling should be enough to restore the tooth. However, molars, in general, require a crown to be placed. Some teeth need a foundation called a core before installing the crown. To keep the core in place a post is used, which in turn requires a part of dental filling to be removed beforehand.