truth is that canal treatment is not painful or traumatic when performed by a
skilled and experienced dentist.
In the center of each tooth is the pulp – in the pulp there is a nerve and a
vascularity that goes down to the
root. Sometimes the pulp becomes inflamed and irreversibly infected and eventually dies and
canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment) must be performed. What causes the death of the pulp? large cavity close to the nerve, a
tooth trauma or a crack in the tooth – but fortunately very rarely – apparently for no
reason.How do I know if I need canal treatment?If your tooth is very painful when you bite, you may need canal treatment.
You will need to have an x-ray to see if the pulp has died and a consultation to see if
you have an abscess that may require antibiotics.
What happens if I have an abscess?
Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to remove the abscess, but you will need to see
a new doctor for proper canal treatment. Otherwise, the abscess will
return and it may eventually be necessary to extract the tooth.
What happens during a canal treatment?
Your dentist will begin treatment by performing anesthesia so that you do not feel any
pain, and then fix a rubber dam to minimize contamination. The dentist will use a
series of small files to clean the ducts and then seal them with a special rubber material
so that the infection does not recur.
How long does a canal treatment last?
The duration of the procedure depends on the tooth and how many canals the root contains (there can be a maximum of three), but it can take
1-2 hours, and in some cases the patient may need to return for a new
Will it be painful?
A heavily inflamed tooth can be difficult to numb, so an experienced endodontist (specialist in
canal treatments ) will talk to you continuously to find out how you are feeling and increase the amount
of anesthetic before starting the procedure.
What happens after a canal treatment?
In most cases, a tooth with clogged canals will need a crown to protect
the natural part of the tooth, and once the work is done, you can treat the tooth as if it were
a natural one. There are several options regarding dental crowns, such as crowns
made in the laboratory or CEREC crowns made in the office. For more information about
crowns, visit Depending on the type of crown you choose, you can go home with the
final crown on the same day or you can stay with a temporary crown and return after a few days for
the final restoration.