Root Canal Fillings
Root Canal Treatment and Root Canal Filling
The aim of a root canal treatment performed by a dentist is to remove the inflammation and all bacteria and to place a root canal filling to alleviate pain. Before the root canal can be filled, all remnants of tissue are removed from the canal and the root canal is widened to accommodate a filling after root canal treatment has been completed.
For this purpose, the root canal on the affected tooth is cleaned, dried and filled with a root filling material of choice during the dental procedure. The filling must be placed right up to the root tip of the infected tooth root during treatment to minimise the risk of subsequent infection or apical whitening.
Root canal treatment can be used to prevent tooth extraction, so that teeth can be preserved. Root canal treatment is always performed on vital teeth under local anaesthetic.
Suitable materials for filling the canal during root canal treatment include gutta percha and special root canal filling materials. The goal of root canal treatment is to preserve the patient's teeth. Thus, the endodontist can perform a root canal treatment on a dead tooth and try to preserve it. However, the tooth should then be restored with dentures, as teeth treated at the root canal become more porous and more prone to fracture over time.
Even in the case of an inflammation in the tooth that causes pain, a deep caries or an old root filling, the teeth can still be preserved from tooth decay with a root treatment, a root canal treatment or an apicoectomy.
If a tooth has is inflamed, the nerve (pulp) can be removed and a root canal treatment followed by a root canal filling with e.g. gutta percha can be performed. After the root canal treatment is completed, treatment success is monitored with an X-ray.
Teeth with an old root canal filling from previous root canal treatments can also be preserved by this treatment under certain circumstances. In this case, the endodontist removes the root canal filling from the previous treatment, cleans the canal completely and thoroughly and rinses the root canal with a disinfecting liquid to remove bacteria. Often a surgical intervention in the form of an apicoectomy and a retrograde root filling is necessary to keep the tooth free of discomfort and to avoid pain. During this procedure, the root tip is freed from inflamed tissue and then sealed.
Buy Root Filling Material for Root Canal Treatment
In root canal treatment, modern endodontic repair cements from Harvard Dental, such as Harvard MTA Universal OptiCaps, are suitable for filling the root canal and placing the root filling.
Harvard MTA cements are available in different consistencies and can be safely and easily dosed and used in treatment due to the dosage form in OptiCaps. This material is suitable, for example, for retrograde root filling, the closure of root perforations or for direct and indirect pulp capping. Due to the increased radiopacity, later tracking of the position of the root canal filling is possible.
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