Pain-free root canal treatment
As part of our general dentistry procedures we carry out quality and pain-free root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is also known as endodontics; it is necessary when the nerve supply (known as the pulp) to the tooth becomes infected. This can happen because of injury or due to decay. If the pulp gets infected the root canal system can also become infected thus resulting in an abscess. If the tooth is left untreated, it will need to be extracted.
What is the process?
Your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to ensure you remain as comfortable as possible; it will feel just like a routine filling. This specialist treatment has been created to remove all infections within the root canal. The infected area is cleaned and filled to prevent further damage. This treatment will usually require a minimum of two visits to your dentist.
First and Second Appointment
Your first appointment will include the removal of the infected pulp. If an abscess has developed, this will then be drained. Your dentist will then prepare your filling by cleaning and shaping the root canal. A temporary filling will be put in place to allow your tooth to settle. During your second appointment we will check the tooth to ensure that all the infection has been cleared, and then a permanent filling will be put in place.
What if the tooth is left untreated?
If the infected tooth is not treated, your tooth will need to be removed, as once the pulp has been destroyed, it will not be able to heal. Some patients choose to have an extraction rather than a root canal. However, we would advise that you keep your natural teeth.
Will the tooth be safe post-treatment?
Your tooth will work just as a natural tooth would. However, a crown is usually used to fully restore the tooth to its former strength. To keep your teeth in top condition, you should ensure that you clean your teeth with fluoride toothpaste daily, reduce sugar intake, and have regular check-ups with your dentist.