Root Canal Treatment
The root canal is the space inside the hard layers of each tooth.
This space is filled with soft tissue that include nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue, called dental pulp. The procedure of removing infected, inflamed or dead pulp from the tooth is called root canal treatment or endodontic treatment. If the infection is not removed, the bacteria will invade the end of the root canal through the small hole where the blood vessels and nerves enter. This process will continue and it may lead to an abscess presenting severe pain and swelling, and the tooth may need to be taken out.
What are the signs of needing affordable root canal treatment?
General signs and symptoms you may notice include:
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Pain or sensitivity to hot food or liquids
- Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth
- Facial swelling near the affected area
- The tooth becoming a darker color
- Pus oozing from the affected tooth
- Tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gingival tissues
If you choose to have dental work in Costa Rica, endodontic treatment is performed by your dentist over two or more visits in which, under local anesthesia, removes the pulp, drains, cleans and enlarges the root canal to finally fill it and seal it. Most of the procedures are successful at saving the tooth and removing the infection. One review of a number of studies found that 90% of root-treated teeth survived from 8 to 10 years.
However, in some rare cases, a second endodontic treatment is needed. This is called retreatment. When retreating a tooth, the root canal filling material is taken out, and the canal is recleaned, reshaped and refilled.
Considering root canal treatment abroad? With over 28 years of experience, Dr. Mario Garita is a specialist in Dental Rehabilitation, offering a full range of services including root canals, All on 4, full mouth restoration, crowns and bridges, veneers, inlays and onlays, and more. Contact us today to learn more about our Costa Rica dental services and dental vacation packages!