Root canal treatment
When am I allowed to eat after a filling?
Filling materials we usually use today do not air-dry. You need a special blue-light lamp that cures and hardens the malleable composite material. Your filling is perfectly finished when you leave the treatment room. However, I do suggest a wait for 2-3 hours until the numbness wears off to avoid biting your lips or cheeks.
How long do aesthetic fillings last?
This largely depends on your habits and oral care routines. Composite aesthetic fillings are durable, but the material may very slightly shrink over time leaving a tiny gap where bacteria can infiltrate, causing a secondary decay. If you won’t miss your routine dental checkups, I will have an eye on all of them and let you know when it’s time to change your fillings.
Is getting a filling painful?
Fillings are routine dental procedures that do not involve pain. For a small cavity on the surface, even local anaesthetics might be skipped. Some sensitivity may occur in the tooth for a few days/weeks following treatment especially if the filling was deep. This is normal, but does not happen to the majority of patients.
I have a chipped tooth. Can you fix it with a filling?
If a tooth is chipped or a piece is broken off due to some trauma (e.g. biting on something hard or opening packages with your tooth), restoring it using aesthetic filling material may be a really good idea. Minor damages can really nicely be fixed with aesthetic fillings. For a major damage, I would most likely suggest having a dental onlay or crown made instead.
What do I do if my filled tooth starts to ache?
Secondary decays may occur at the edges of a filling or underneath it. The first signs of it might be sharp aches when you eat chocolate or some other, overly sweet snack. Strong throbbing pain and swelling of the face will probably indicate that decaying has reached the nerves and a root canal treatment is necessary.
I heard that root canal treatments are really painful. Is this true?
There is some truth behind this. Most root canal treatments are performed on inflamed teeth. Getting a severely inflamed tooth numb can be a big challenge for dentists, and sometimes, despite the best intentions, it is not completely successful. This is probably why certain patients experienced pain during the treatment.
How long does a root canal treated tooth last?
It is difficult to predict that for certain. A properly performed root canal can conserve the tooth for years, but I’ve seen quite a few teeth that have undergone root canal treatment decades earlier and were still completely symptom-free.
How is root canal treatment performed?
The goal is to remove all inflamed tissues from inside the tooth. All of the root canals have to be completely cleaned through, and widened using special tools. Once it is done, we’ll work on curing the inflammation. I’ll place medicine inside the tooth and you might need to take a course of antibiotics. Once the inflammation is gone, the roots are filled precisely. There is only one last thing to do: restoring the crown part of the tooth. This may be done by an aesthetic filling, but most frequently onlays or crowns are better for this purpose. The tooth structure is very often strengthened by tiny dental posts. To complete the treatment, you’ll need to be seen 3 to 4 times on average.
I don’t want a root canal treatment. Do I have other options?
Sadly, there is only one alternative therapy for a root canal treatment which is the removal of the tooth. In some cases extraction may be a completely valid option the patient and dentist shall consider, for example when the prognosis of the tooth is not very good even if a root canal is performed. But in general, our aim is to save the tooth rather than removing it, and a root canal treatment is most likely the only option we have.
How do I know I need a root canal treatment?
One of the typical signs of an inflamed tooth is sharp, throbbing pain that is not really manageable by taking pain medication. Pain gets usually worse during the night, when the patient is lying in bed. Pain is very often accompanied by swelling of the face or pus oozing out from the tooth pocket.
How are dental bridges made?
Bridges are fixed replacements. The artificial teeth are attached to your own natural teeth after they are trimmed to the right shape. This process is irreversible, but if dental implants are excluded for some reason, there is no other way to provide you with fixed replacement teeth. Dental bridges are made by skilled dental lab technicians. The material is very often a metal based porcelain but metal free options are increasingly popular these days due to their advanced aesthetics.
How long will my bridge last?
Usually we expect them to serve you perfectly for about 10-15 years but for me it seems like a little bit of a pessimistic prediction. I’ve seen numerous dental bridges that were 20-30 years old and still fully functional. Bridges usually need to be changed when they don’t fit perfectly anymore or if there is an aesthetic concern.
What keeps removable dentures in place?
Removable dentures can be and shall be removed by the patients sometimes – for example for cleaning. In order to prevent them from moving when the patient speaks or eats, some sort of retention is definitely needed. If there are natural teeth left in the mouth, the denture may attach to them via clasps. Upper dentures are mainly held in place by the vacuum effect between the palate and the denture, and denture adhesives can further increase stability.
How long will my dentures last?
The key is maintenance – as always. Dentures need adjustments every now and then, and their relining may also be necessary to ensure they still fit well. Minor damages can also be repaired but this has to be done by professionals. If you take good care of them and visit me for a routine checkup on a regular basis, your can expect your dentures to last 5-10 years.
Are there any options for completely toothless patients?
If there are no more natural teeth left in the mouth, we basically have two options. If the patient is a good candidate, dental implants can be placed and later topped with a semi-fixed denture or a fully fixed bridge. If the patient is not comfortable having implants for some reason or they are not a good candidate, plan B takes place: removable dentures are still an option!
How do I know which tooth replacements are the best for me?
Most patients have the freedom to make their decisions and choose from multiple options. Time, durability, aesthetics, function, general health and finances may all be factors in your decision. I will do my very best to give you all the information you need to make a decision that is perfect for you.
Welcome, My name is Dr. László Zsubori, Oral Surgeon and Dentist.
I work in the Oral and Maxillofacial Unit of the Hospital of Bács-Kiskun Megye, in Viktória Dental Kecskemét amd in the clinic of Kalodent Kalocsa.
I am specialised in oral surgery and tooth replacements, but I am also happy to help you in general dental treatments.
In my practice each patient receives personalized care in expert hands.
How can I help you?
- Oral surgery
- Complicated tooth extractions
- Bone grafting
- Dental implants
- Conservative dentistry
- Aesthetic fillings
- Root canal treatment
- Tooth replacements
Where can you find me?