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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is performed to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or has become infected at Smile Up Dental Clinic, Yangon, Myanmar. Root canal treatment eliminates the need for extraction. By removing infected pulp tissues, the healthy exterior can continue to contribute to chewing and other functions.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system).

The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth. This can happen after:

  •     tooth decay
  •     leaky fillings
  •     damage to teeth as a result of trauma, such as a fall

A tooth is made up of two parts. The crown is the top part of the tooth that's visible in the mouth. The root extends into the bone of the jaw, anchoring the tooth in position. Leaving the infected tooth in your mouth may make it worse. There may also be less chance of the working if the infection within your tooth becomes established. Your tooth then appears to have healed, but the infection has in fact spread through the root canal system.

Recovering from root canal treatment

Root Canal Treatment

It's important to look after your teeth when recovering from root canal treatment. You should avoid biting on hard foods until all of your treatment is complete. After your final treatment, your restored tooth shouldn't be painful, although it may feel sensitive for a few days. Over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can be used to relieve any discomfort. Return to your dentist if you continue to experience pain or swelling after using painkillers.

In most cases it's possible to prevent the need for further root canal treatment by:

  •     maintaining good oral hygiene
  •     not consuming too much sugary food
  •     giving up smoking if you smoke

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