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ROOT CANAL

TREATMENT

The first sign that you may need root canal treatment is often pain or sensitivity in an area of your mouth and, if that’s something you’re experiencing already, we’d advise a check-up as soon as possible.

Modern dentistry allows us to solve many issues with a simple composite filling but, even if the root is infected, it’s still sometimes possible to save the tooth, preserving your natural smile. However, if a problem is left untreated, the risk of more extensive treatment increases and an implant or a bridge may be necessary.

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Our priority is to give the natural tooth every last chance. That's why root canal treatment at Holident Dental Hospital is performed by specialist Dr Irmak Eroglu who has over 20 years’ experience and knowledge in the field. We will do all we can preserve and protect your teeth. Even if you’re only visiting Fethiye, if you experience any pain or discomfort or tenderness in your teeth or gums, why not book a free appointment?

Dr.Irmak Eroglu 

ENDODONTICS

2004: Graduated from  Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry

2009: PhD. in Endodontics - Istanbul University

2006-07: Dentroom Dental Hospital - Istanbul

2009-2014: Acıbadem Hospital Dental Clinics - Istanbul

2015-2018: Dentopia Dental Hospital - Istanbul

2019: Joined to Holident Team

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SENSITIVE TOOTH: WHITE FILLINGS

A regular dental check-up is best to see if you need a new filling or if your existing filling should be renewed. But if you feel a sensitivity on your tooth it means it's time to visit your dentist. If your tooth has hot, cold or sweet sensitivity this can be because of a decay in dentin level. Decay should be cleaned first and then a white composite filling will be placed to the cavity.  

Sometimes, a tooth may deteriorate as a result of decay or issues with the root canal and may need to be restructured as a result. In such cases, the tooth is measured using digital technology, a replacement section is prepared from porcelain or fiber-reinforced composite materials in the laboratory and then applied with special adhesives into the mouth. Inlay-onlay fillings are designed to take account of contact with teeth on either side, form, hygiene and function.

White fillings takes half an hour and 50 GBP per tooth. In case of a mercury removal or cavity sealer operation it takes more time and material which effects additional costs with the range of 10-20 GBP. 

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PAINFUL TOOTH: ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

If you have a constant pain or a pain which is waking you up at night time. This means that your decay is at pulp level. This requires a root canal. The nerves of the tooth will be taken out and the root canal will be filled with root filling. 

The rest of the tooth will be restored or rebuilt by a white filling or crown. 

Root canal treatment costs change due to number of roots treated. Anterior teeth have 2 roots and posterior teeth have there or four roots.  Total cost will change between 150 GBP and 200 GBP per tooth. White filling over the tooth costs 50 GBP in addition to root canal treatment. At the end of the treatment your natural tooth will be saved which will be the cheapest treatment in proportion to having a n implant. 

Each patient and each tooth is different but mostly, one visit will last 60-90 minutes and you will need one or two visits depending on your need. Your dentist can inform you better on this once she sees the tooth.

What is endodontic treatment?

Endodontic treatment, also named as a root canal treatment is a procedure we carry out to save  a tooth from extraction. It is performed mostly when a  patient has severe pain or infection, sometimes in the form of swelling or abcess and sometimes sympomless but diagnosed with an xray.

 

When do I need a root canal?

If your tooth is sensitive to hot or cold that doesn’t go away,
If you have severe spontaneous pain, and no pain medication helps or this pain wakes you up at night
If there is swelling or a continuous discomfort in your chewing function, you might want to get your tooth checked.

 

Is root canal treatment painful?

Root canal treatment begins with an injection administered by the dental surgeon, therefore numbing the tooth which reduces the risk of discomfort for the patient considerably. In some cases, more than one injection may be required but, thankfully, the days when it was a painful procedure are long gone.

More modern drugs and techniques also make it possible for the procedure to be completed in a single session but it depends on the condition of the tooth when the patient arrives. Our experts will advise as appropriate.

Should I use antibiotics before the beforehand?

Antibiotics are only really required to help patients with decay-related issues. If you are suffering considerable pain and/or swelling, your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic to help clear up any infection once the issue has been identified and addressed. For example, the pain may be caused by inflammation around the site of previous root canal work, making it difficult to chew. Facial swelling can also be caused by a fistula (an abscess or ulcer) around the gingiva (the gums). Sometimes, treatment can involve an abstraction and antibiotics would be prescribed to deal with any infection but they are not used as part of routine root canal procedures.

 

If my root canal treatment was not completed perhaps because of Covid-19 travel complications but I'm not in a pain, would it be a problem?

We would always recommend prompt and complete treatment, even if the patient is not feeling any significant pain. Often, the reason for a lack of any immediate pain is that the nerve has died, leaving a cavity ideal for bacteria which can lead to discomfort later on. Soon, the patient may not be able to chew properly or may suffer facial swelling which may result in even more extensive treatment later on.

Is it necessary to apply a coating after root canal treatment?

 If the tooth involved in root canal treatment can be restored with a sealed filling afterwards, we would discuss options with the patient. However, it’s important to note these teeth are often already damaged, decayed or fractured. Repair may therefore involve a very large filling or the construction of root supports which will help to ensure chewing forces are more evenly distributed, ensuring the repaired tooth lasts longer.

How about after the procedure?
When you leave the office, you may feel some discomfort in chewing for a few days. This is not uncommon and can be solved by a pain medicine prescribed by your dentist if necessary. Some infected teeth might take some more time to heal, please contact your dentist if you experience any unexpected pain.

 

If you already removed the nerves, why does it stil hurt?
Removing the infected pulp tissue eliminates the source of infection, but the resolving of the inflammation in the surrounding tissues takes some time. Usually the body can do this by itself but sometimes antibiotics and antiinflammatory medicine is needed.

 

How long does the treatment take and how many visits will I need?

Each patient and each tooth is different but mostly, one visit will last 60-90 minutes and you will need one or two visits depending on your need. Your dentist can inform you better on this once she sees the tooth.

 
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