We have previously explained in our blog how a root canal is performed.a process more commonly known as nerve killing. But patients in Murcia and the surrounding area often ask themselves the following questionsIs it a painful process?
For this dental treatment, anaesthesia is necessary: despite the fact that sometimes the nerve is necrotic, anaesthesia is a necessary procedure because when treating the tooth, instruments and filling material that may go beyond the apex could cause discomfort that the dentist always wants to avoid for the patient, in order to make it as comfortable as possible.
How long does the mouth sleep after anaesthesia at the dentist?
The anaesthesia used in endodontics is the usual anaesthesia used in dentistry, usually Articaine or Lidocaine.
Because of this, the anaesthetised area can be 'asleep' for up to 4 hours, so when the treatment is over, the patient will have to be careful not to bite their lips or cheeks, which is relatively common because they lose sensation in the area.
How is anaesthesia administered in the dental clinic?
Depending on the tooth to be treated, the anaesthesia will be applied in one way or another:
- Upper teeth:
The anaesthesia is applied in the same area of the tooth, and usually only the tooth to be treated and those closest to it are put to sleep.
- Lower teeth:
- Molars and premolars: The anaesthesia for these teeth is called "truncal anaesthesia". With this type of anaesthesia, usually half of the tongue in contact with the tooth to be treated is numbed, as well as half of the lower lip.
- Canines and incisors: The area of the tooth falls asleep, as in the upper teeth.
Can everyone be treated with anaesthesia?
Yes, but in some cases there are people who, because they are allergic to anaesthetics, or because they suffer from a specific disease, have limitations in the use of anaesthetics. These patients are:
- Diabetics with uncontrolled disease: Anaesthesia can cause hyperglycaemia, so it is only advisable to treat diabetic patients when they are properly controlled.
- Uncontrolled hypertensive patients: The vasoconstrictor contained in most anaesthetics can alter the normal state of blood pressure, so it is important that the dentist uses an anaesthetic without vasoconstrictor and that blood pressure is controlled.
- Hyperthyroidism, which must be controlled to ensure that the anaesthesia is safe and that the practitioner can carry out his or her activity normally.
- Cachexia or state of malnutrition.
In any case, consult your trusted dentist in Murcia in order to know in detail the peculiarities of your case.