Further details about root canal treatment
A painless root-treated tooth can last a lifetime with proper oral care and regular dental check-ups. It is worth noting that, despite this, the tooth can become discolored or easily brittle over time due to the lack of gum.
At our dental clinic, with the help of the available modern CAD/CAM technology, we can create an inlay/onlay or crown replacement for the remaining tooth root, which can easily remedy these problems as well.
Are there any downsides to root canal treatment?
Unfortunately, nothing is perfect, including root canal treatment. Because of its effect, the treated tooth may become discolored. In the past, due to a large amount of caries and inflammation, its structure is weakened. For the former, our dentists recommend teeth whitening, while for the latter, inlays, onlays, or crowns.
Why can a root canal tooth become discolored after root canal treatment?
- The most common cause of tooth discoloration is a small amount of pulp left inside the tooth. This decaying pulp can darken the tooth.
- A temporary filling to seal the root canal may contain dye material. This can discolor the tooth, turning it yellow or red, as it is in direct contact with the dentin, i.e. the surface of the tooth.
- Medicines taken during root canal treatment can also cause it.
- Smoking and frequent consumption of dark-colored drinks make teeth more prone to discoloration.
However, not all root canal treatments discolor or stain the tooth!
Root canal treatment = more sessions
We mentioned above that although the pain itself disappears after the first treatment, it is important to remember that this does not mean that the treatment has been completed. As the name of the temporary filling suggests, it only provides a temporary solution. A root canal treatment means 2-3 treatments on average, the number of treatments may increase depending on the severity of the problem of the treated tooth. In return, you can save your own tooth!