Oral Health

Question
Posted by: Pinks | 2009-03-26

Q.

Re: Root Canal Treatement

Good Day Doc,

I wonder if you could please assist. My dentist has been doing root canal treatement on one tooth for the past two weeks. Eventually the tooth has now broken off and today i have to see him again so that he can now fix the broken tooth and carry on with root canal. How long does it take to do root canal. Each appointment is an hour long. Each appointment he gives me 6-7 injections and i just can' t take this anymore last week the muscles in my leg went stiff and i could not walk.. This terrible please can you assist. Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

Root canal treatment is an extensive procedure that involves anything from 2 to four visits.Sucess with root canals vary. When teeth are root treated the nerves and blood vessels from the pulp are removed, because the decay or infection has reached the pulp.Root treated teeth tend to break easily because the nerve is removed, the tooth is unable to tell the brain 'u biting too hard' and therefore one tends to apply extra force on the tooth without realising.The tooth no longer has blood vessels and therefore receives no nutrition, and become brittle.
Generally once the root treatment is completed and is sucessful, it needs to be capped(crowned) to protect it from breaking.
Some teeth are more difficult to get numb than others.
Appointment time varies depending on which tooth is being treated and how many canals there are.
Go back to your dentist and explain to him how u felt.
let me know which tooth was being treated.

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