Root Canal Treatment

A root canal is a field of endodontics and involves a procedure where decayed dental pulp is removed from an infected or injured tooth.

When is a root canal needed?

The pulp chamber is the part of the tooth that contains living tissue, including the blood vessels and nerves. If the pulp becomes infected, the tooth starts to die and infection can spread. Root canal treatment can help to prevent further spread of infection and effectively save the tooth. If a root canal is not carried out, infection will spread and may cause the development of painful abscesses. Eventually, the tooth will be so severely decayed that it will have to be extracted.

Does root canal treatment hurt?

No, the affected area will be numbed using local anaesthetic to prevent any pain.

What does the procedure involve?

A root canal is designed to remove the decayed pulp tissue and stop further infection.

  • Your dentist will drill through the tooth and remove the decayed pulp tissue.
  • The root canals will then be cleaned thoroughly and then sealed using filling material to stop further infection.
  • It is common for a new crown to be fixed after root canal treatment to restore strength to the tooth and improve the appearance of the tooth.
  • Sometimes, only a filling is required but dentist will discuss the options with you.
  • If you have an abscess, it will be drained fully during the treatment session.

What will my tooth look like after root canal treatment?

In the past, teeth that had undergone root canal treatment looked a little darker than natural teeth. However, thanks to modern dental techniques the teeth now have the potential to look completely normal after treatment.
In cases where discolouration does occur, there are options available to improve the aesthetic of the tooth. For example a new crown may be recommended in order to strengthen the tooth and improve the appearance of your smile.

What If The Infection Comes Back?

Root canal treatment is usually very effective. However, in the rare case that infection recurs, the procedure can be repeated.

Is The Treatment Expensive?

If you choose to have the procedure completed through private care, the cost will vary according to complexity of the individual case. Your dentist will be able to discuss fees with you.

What will happen if I don't have treatment?

If you don't receive root canal treatment the infection may spread throughout the tooth and will eventually rot and fall out. Root canal treatment can save the tooth and most dentists prefer to keep the teeth, rather than extract them.

Will the tooth be safe after root canal treatment?

Yes, your tooth will be fine providing you take proper care of it. In most cases, dentists advise placing a new crown to strengthen the tooth.

Where can I have a root canal?

The treatment is a commonly performed dental procedure. We will be happy to discuss the treatment process with you. In very complex cases, your dentist may advise you to see an endodontist, a specialist in dealing with the tooth roots.

How should I care for my tooth after treatment?

You should care for your tooth in the normal way. Clean your teeth twice a day and remember to floss and rinse with mouthwash. Remember to visit your dentist every 6-12 months for a check-up and try to maintain a healthy diet.

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