Root canal treatment – also called endodontics- is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury. This infection may spread through the root canal system and could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. A root canal treatment is done to save the pulp and the tooth root from further damage and infection; root canal therapy is also done to save the affected tooth from being extracted, which will be the case of the infection and damage is not stopped.
Root canal therapy involves the following
- First, local anaesthetic will be administered to ensure no discomfort is felt during treatment.
- The tooth will be prepared with a drill, allowing access to the root canal system.
- The root canal system will be thoroughly cleaned out to remove all infection and pulp.
- The root canal system is then filled and sealed temporarily with a crown.
- The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits.
- Preservation of remaining healthy tooth structure
- Prevention of infection spreading any further
- Restoration of tooth to its natural look and feel
Why is a Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
If the tooth’s pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment (RCT) is not carried out by a dentist, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be extracted or taken out.
Root Canal Treatment on the Back Teeth
- Root treatments on back teeth can be more complicated because they have a number of roots.
- The root canals are exposed.
- All roots then need to be excavated making sure that the entire tooth nerve is removed.
- The cavity is then filled with gutta percha and the tooth then filled.
Will the Root Canal Treatment Hurt?
No, the root canal treatment will not hurt. A local anaesthetic is used by an Acorn Dental Care dentist, and the whole procedure should not feel any different from having an ordinary dental filling treatment done.
What Can I Expect from the Root Canal Treatment?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. Once the infected and damaged part is removed, the root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure, with most courses of treatment involving two or more visits to your dentist.
During the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any dental abscesses that may be present can also be drained during this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped to prepare it for the filling. A temporary filling is placed in the cleaned out canal, and the tooth is left to settle.
The tooth is checked at a later visit to the dentist; when all the infection has been cleared, the tooth is filled and sealed permanently.
How Will My Tooth Look Like After the Treatment?
In the past, a tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy would often darken after treatment. However, modern techniques ensure that this does not often occur anymore. Any discolouration that may affect the root-filled tooth can be addressed in a number of ways by an expert Acorn Dental Care dentist.
What Happens if the Infection Comes Back?
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, the treatment can be repeated in rare cases when the root’s infection comes back.
What Other Options Do I Have, Other than Root Canal Treatment?
The only other alternative or options left is to have the tooth extracted. Once the pulp of the tooth is destroyed, it cannot heal; it is also not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Will the Tooth be Safe after the Treatment?
Yes, the tooth will be safe after the root canal therapy. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a dental crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
Where Can a Root Canal Treatment Be Carried Out?
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which can expertly be done by an Acorn Dental Care dentist.
What about Aftercare?
Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Teeth should be brushed thoroughly and regularly, preferably with fluoride-fortified toothpaste. Intake of sugary snacks or beverages should be avoided, and kept only to mealtimes if possible. Regular dental check-ups are necessary to ensure that the root-treated teeth will stay healthy and free from infection.