Frequently Asked Questions
The lifespan of the tooth undergone a root canal treatment
The tooth undergone a root canal treatment can continue to function for a lifetime with good care and controls at regular intervals. Since there is no pulp tissue left in these teeth, they cannot repair themselves and may become brittle. For this reason, a veneer application will extend the lifespan of the tooth.
Does root canal treatment cause pain?
No pain will be felt since root canal treatment is performed under local anesthesia. If necessary, auxiliary anesthetics can also be administered. There may be slight pain for a few days after the root canal treatment, but this can be relieved with mild painkillers.
Things to pay attention to after the root canal treatment
Paying attention to some issues after this treatment will both accelerate healing and prolong the lifespan of the tooth. The points to be considered can be listed as follows:
What is a Dental Implant?
Implant is a light and strong screw system containing the corrosion-resistant, grayish transition metal titanium for use in cases where a prosthesis is required in patients with missing teeth. These implants will be inserted in the jawbone and act as if they are a teeth roots. In case of a single missing tooth, it is possible to insert an implant without touching the adjacent healthy teeth. In patients with multiple tooth deficiencies, missing teeth can be completed, whereas fixed dentures can be used instead of removable dentures. It becomes difficult to use this kind of prosthesis in patients with no teeth, particularly in the lower jaw. It can be ensured that the removable dentures that constantly come out and are prone to this will remain fixed by means of using implants.
What is the treatment process in dental implants?
When compared with classical treatment methods, the stage of denture preparation after the implant treatment takes more time. It takes 2.5 to 3 months for the light, strong, shiny, corrosion-resistant, grayish transition titanium metal structure to integrate with the bone. If the additional process is to be performed on the jawbone or if a procedure is to be performed in the sinus cavity, it may be necessary to allow another 6 to 9 months. At the end of this period, the result obtained will be absolutely satisfactory and the lifespan will be much longer.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
Particularly, the existing prostheses of patients who have been edentulous for many years, begin to cause dents over time and lose their harmony, since changes continue in the bone. If a denture is to be attached on the implant, it must have a stable foundation, so that cases such as the movement of the denture and its coming out of the mouth will not observed. It would be best to apply dental implants for the patients who do not desire to have removable dentures or whose bones have lost their retention characteristic.
Is there any possibility of damage to the body by dental implants or that the body may reject the implant?
Dental implants are produced from titanium, a light, strong, shiny, corrosion-resistant grayish transition metal. This metal is non-toxic and non-allergic with extremely good biocompatibility to the human body. The brand of the dental implant, the sterilization of the environment, the specialization of the dentist in this field and the integration of the implant with the bone are also important factors.
Will I have a lot of pain or will my face swell at the end of the dental implant operation?
A slight swelling on the cheeks or a slight change in the color of the face may be observed. If the edema occurred is reduced rapidly by applying cold pads for the first 24 hours in order to prevent this situation, no severe pain will be experienced.
How long does the dental implant process and and the replacement of teeth take?
The implants merge with the bone after a certain time; this takes approximately 90 days in the upper jaw and 60 days in the lower jaw, and a porcelain coating will be applied on the implant. However, in thin or insufficient/fragile bones that have undergone an additional process, the expected period will be extended to a period of 6 to 9 months.
Is the lifespan of dental implants long?
The lifespan of dental teeth is as long as that of your natural teeth. The better the care of the mouth and teeth, the longer you will be able to use them.
Are dental implant applications suitable for me?
It is inconvenient to apply implants to persons who have recently been administered with chemotherapy or radiotherapy. The implant can be applied to all patients whose disease is under control. If no enough bone is observed in the patient examination, the sufficient bone infrastructure will be created with some additional procedures and then the implants will be placed.
What is dental bleaching?
Dental bleaching is the process of removing the colored substances, located in the invisible porous structure of the enamel layer, being the top layer of the tooth, using teeth whitening gels with special content.
Is dental bleaching the same as tooth cleaning?
No. Dental bleaching is the process of lightening the main color of the tooth in a clean and unstained state. Tooth cleaning (detartrage) on the hand, is the process of cleaning the calculus and stains that have accumulated on and between the teeth. In other words, the tooth cleaned of calculus may be clean but still be yellow in color. With the teeth bleaching process, these clean and yellow teeth will become white in color.
How are teeth whitened?
After the teeth are cleaned of tartar and stains, they are whitened either with the help of a special gel and light source (led, laser) at the dentist’s office, or at home by using the plaques specially made for the patient by the dentist and sometimes by applying both methods together.
Is dental bleaching harmful?
Dental bleaching has no proven harm other than a temporary 1 to 2 day sensitivity problem.
Will teeth return to the previous color after the dental bleaching process?
The result obtained in the dental bleaching process can remain the same for up to two years. The previous color will return sooner if too much tea, coffee, red wine, cigarettes are consumed without any due care showed to the teeth.
Can dental bleaching process be applied on smokers?
There is no obstacle o apply the dental bleaching process on smokers. Only the permanence of the obtained color will be shorter compared to other non-smoking patients.
Does the dental bleaching process cause toothache?
Dental bleaching does not cause permanent damage to the teeth or any pain. There may be a temporary sensitivity during the procedure and for the next 1 to 2 days.
Does the dental bleaching process damage teeth? Will it cause deformation on my fillings and veneers (crowns)?
Dental bleaching process will not damage the teeth. Since the bleaching process will have no effect on the color of porcelain crowns (veneers), it will not be applied on crowns. Since the fillings are only in a certain part of the tooth, the color of the fillings will remain constant while the remaining tooth tissue becomes whiter. Therefore, the fillings can be retouched to be compatible with the new color after the bleaching process.
My old root canal-treated teeth have become gray over time. Can they be bleached as well?
These teeth will be whitened on their own by the method called internal bleaching. The important thing here is that the root canal treatment should be perfect and there should be no decayed tissue in the tooth. For this reason, sometimes dentists may say that the root canal treatment must be repeated to ensure the tightness before starting the internal bleaching process.