Patients need a root canal when decay in a tooth has spread so far as to reach the 'heart' of the tooth, thereby infecting the roots where the nerve and blood vessels keeping the tooth alive live, and causing the tooth to die. The dead 'heart' of a tooth then starts causing an infection in the bones around the roots of the teeth. As the infection grows, it causes a pressure build up in an already tight space, and this can often cause very intense – and sometimes throbbing – pain.
The purpose of root canal therapy is to remove this dead soft 'heart' of the tooth, and the hard tissues inside the tooth that have been infected by this dead nerve. At R&H Clinica Dental we use advanced rotary endodontic technology is most cases, for a more consistent and effective result. Occasionally, when the situation demands it, we may use the old technique of hand files too.
We are also one of the only Dental Clinics in Marbella with a Full-facial 3D X-Ray Machine which can facilitate greatly in the correct diagnosis, and effective dental treatment of difficult root canal procedures. Call us to arrange a Free Consultation and X-rays.
The essentials of well-done root canal treatments, that have a highly successful prognosis depends on a few important factors. Firstly, we always tell our patients, that a good root canal takes time! The disinfectants we use to clean inside the root canal chamber actually need a certain amount of ‘contact time’ with the dental tissues inside your tooth to work. When getting a root canal treatment with us you’ll notice we repeatedly rinse inside your tooth a syringe. We don’t take any shortcuts and do this to ensure we’ve completely disinfected the canals.
The other important factor is to ensure that the final root filling is to within 1mm of the apex (or tip) of the tooth. If it’s not, then the root canal was probably not done properly. At R&H Clinica Dental, we will always show you your before and after root canal x-rays, so that you can see that we have in fact filled your tooth to the apex. As a patient you are entitled to see all your x-rays, and you should ask your dentist to share with you how the treatment is going based on your x-rays.
Below are a few other important points to consider: