Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp tissue inside the tooth becomes infected, this is a painful and sensitive area as this is where the nerve tissue and blood vessels inside the tooth are located. Sudden toothache with swelling, pain on biting or sensitivity to hot and cold could be a sign that the inside of the tooth is infected.
Root canal therapy is a series of treatments for the infected pulp of the tooth which will result in the elimination of infection.
Here at treetops Dental Surgery, we have a dentist with an interest in root canals, so you could not be in safer hands.
Frequently Asked Questions About Root Canal Treatment
A: Root canal treatment is gentle and high tech, and usually carried out under a local anaesthetic, in simplistic terms the tooth is hollowed out to remove the nerves and infection, this is done by using a rubber dam to prevent cross contamination, the tooth is then cleaned and an antibiotic paste is put in the tooth to make sure all the infection is eliminated, the tooth will then be closed temporarily until the next visit. In the repeat visit the tooth is cleaned again using the rubber dam and a rubber material is used to fill the tooth where the root once was. It is usual at this stage for a dental crown to be fitted, this is because the tooth has been hollowed out and it may not be as strong as it once was, therefore a dental crown is fitted to strengthen the tooth.
A: You can carry on as normal once your local anaesthetic has worn off, although the full healing period will take around a week, just be careful with what you eat and maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine to help control any further infection.
A: No, at Treetops Dental Surgery we carry out all our treatments to a high standard, we use a local anaesthetic to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible. Please let us know if you are unable to have a local anaesthetic at your consultation so we can discuss alternatives with you.
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