Years ago, a badly infected tooth, or one that just had significant decay, was doomed to be extracted. Today the majority of these teeth can be save through procedures .
Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:
Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone.
The first step: Access to the nerve. This is accomplished by establishing a small access opening in the top of the tooth. It will be done under a local anesthetic. Sometimes it is very difficult to locate very small and narrow canals. Starlight Dental clinic is equipped with Magnification glasses + Fiber optics.
The length of the root canals is determined with electronic Apex locator and the infected pulp is removed.
The second step: At the same visit, the canal where the nerve is located will be reshaped and prepared to accept a special root canal filling material. Starlight do this procedure with up to date new Rotary Nickel Titanium instrument. Thanks to their high flexibility even curved canals can be treated with success. The filling procedure can be done during the same visit or during your next visit. The number of visits necessary to complete your root canal will depend upon several factors including the number of nerves in the tooth, the infected state of the nerve and the complexity of the procedure.
The final step: Sealing of the root canal with a sterile, plastic material, called gutta percha. This is done in order to prevent possible future infection.
The tooth will then possibly need a post and core and a crown in order to re-establish normal form and function. This decision will be based upon several additional factors.
With the use of local anesthetics, the entire procedure can be totally painless and the success rates for root canal therapy is as high as 95%.
Sometimes when there has been long standing infection or abscess, there may be some soreness associated with the first or second root canal visit. If this should turn out to be true you will be given specific instructions to follow to minimize the discomfort.
Technology used in Starlight for Root Canal Treatment:
● Nickel Titanium Rotary instrument ( Switzerland)
● Coltene Apex Locator and Endodontic rotary motor (USA)
● Parkell Digital pulp Tester (USA)