Root canal treatment is performed by a dentist and used to treat an infection at the centre of a tooth, known as the root canal system. It is required when the dental pulp becomes infected. The root of your tooth is cleaned and filled to prevent re-infection in the future.
Do I need a root canal?
Even with proper brushing and flossing and regular dental check-ups, you can have problems with your teeth and gums. Tooth pain, injury, increased sensitivity to hot or cold and oral or facial swelling are just some of the signs of potential dental problems that may possibly be relieved by a root canal treatment. Ask a dentist experienced in carrying out root canals to find out whether it could be the right solution for you, such those as RP Advanced Dental Centre in NW3.
It sounds painful
Root canal treatment has a bad reputation. It has become widely thought of as one of the most painful types of dental treatments. The very words can strike fear into many people and it is not unheard of for patients to ask to have their tooth removed rather than have root canal treatment. This doesn’t have to be the case with advances in modern dentistry. Millions of teeth are treated and saved each year with root canal treatment. Remember, root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain, it relieves it.
How is it performed?
Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic. It will usually take several visits. First, your dentist will drill into the tooth until the root is reached. The infection and decay are then removed. Of course, this cannot be done without also removing the dental pulp.
If there is only a small amount of infected pulp and the structure of the tooth remains complete, your dentist may be able to simply seal up the cavity with a filling.
After the treatment, your tooth will be more vulnerable to damage than your healthy teeth. Your dentist must therefore perform one final stage of the root canal treatment, which is the addition of a crown. The crown will help to seal the whole of the tooth, so that it will not continue to decay any further.