Why root canal treatment?
When caries bacteria reach the sensitive roots of the tooth via the tooth itself and succeed in reaching up to the bones, this often means strong pain for the patient affected. The reason for this is the infection which is caused by the bacteria in the bone. The nerves and lymphatic and blood vessels – in other words, practically the whole of the interior of the root canal – is then already affected. For a dentist like Christian Bärenklau, the task at hand is then clearly defined: the infected tissue and, above all, the bacteria have to be quickly removed from the inside of the tooth. This means so-called root canal treatment. This is one of the most important therapies to preserve a tooth – and at the same time requires a great deal of craftsmanship and know-how on the part of the dentist due to the often branched out root canals.
This is the procedure involved in root canal treatment
X-ray diagnosis provides an accurate picture of the location and extent of the infection in the bone. This way, the progression and the precise length of the affected root canal can additionally be determined using an apex locator. This is where magnifying spectacles come into play, as the point is to find possibly favourable access to the root canals. With the help of a machine, the root canal is cleaned and prepared so that infected tissue and any bacteria are radically eliminated. Then your dentist, Christian Bärenklau can fill up and seal the canal. This occurs with the help of root-filling material and so-called gutta percha points. Gutta percha is the dried latex of the gutta percha tree that grows mainly in Malaysia. This material is often used in dentistry and is most comparable to natural rubber. The advantage of gutta percha is that it is easily processable and very well tolerated by the body (biocompatible). Finally, the tooth is sealed with filling and provided with a new crown several months later.
Symptoms of root canal inflammation
If the tooth pulp becomes inflamed, strong toothache with intermittent pulsating pain can result, especially when biting. If the inflammation is strong, the chin and cheeks can swell up. However, not every root canal inflammation causes discomfort immediately and the team at the Bärenklau practice can discover a possible inflammation on an x-ray image already at an early stage and thereby prevent any possible pain.