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Dr. Flavio A. Vasquez is committed to providing excellence in dentistry, and stands out as a leading dentist in Lima - Peru. He uses the latest in dental techniques and the best available materials to provide you with ...
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Av. Paseo de la República #6010
Suite #903
Parking Spots # 28 and 29
Basement Level 2
Miraflores, Lima -18- Perú
(511) 445-2586 (511) 447-1972
51) 997-887-977

Office Hours: Monday to Friday:
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed to repair and save a tooth when its’ blood or nerve supply (known as the pulp) is infected through decay (deep cavity) or injury (cracked tooth).

Why is root canal treatment needed?

The treatment involves removing the pulp (the nerves) of the tooth, and cleaning the infected area. A tooth's pulp is not important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has fully emerged from the gums. If the treatment is not performed, pus builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone (abscess). This results in pain and swelling, and your tooth may have to be removed.

Does it hurt?

No. A local anesthesic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

  • Severe tooth pain while chewing
  • Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
  • Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for over 30 seconds.
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
  • Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth

What does it involve?

First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned, any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. After the root canal and pulp chamber are disinfected and shaped and the infection has subsided, a sealing material is placed in the root canal to keep it clean.  Often, a temporary filling is placed in the pulp chamber opening until the tooth can be fully restored. Frequently, if a back tooth receives root canal therapy, it will be necessary for a post and crown to be placed to restrengthen the tooth.

Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

What will my tooth look like after treatment?

In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discoloration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.

What if it happens again?

Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.

What if I don’t have the treatment?

The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a post and crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

Where can this treatment be carried out?

Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which your dentist will be happy to do for you.

What about aftercare?

Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.