ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

WHAT IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

  • 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. In some cases, your tooth could darken in colour, which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying)

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

  • The aim of the treatment is to remove the infection from the root canal. During the root canal process, the inflamed pulp is removed. The surfaces inside the tooth are then cleaned and disinfected, and a filling is placed to seal the space to prevent any further infection.
  • Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedures which carries both risks and benefits.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE THE TREATMENT?

  • There is a big risk of the infection and the pain getting worse and spreading. The alternative is to have the tooth removed, although we aim to save natural teeth where possible.

DOES IT HURT?

  • Many people are afraid they’ll have tooth pain after root canal therapy. However, because the source of infection is removed during the procedure, most people find immediate relief following treatment.
  • What should I expect after a root canal?
  • While you shouldn’t have significant pain after a root canal, you may notice sensitivity for the first few days. These symptoms are normal and can be successfully managed with prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers. In most instances, side effects lessen within one to two weeks.
  •  What Happens after a Root Canal Treatment?
  • Because the tooth is dead, it is more brittle, therefore it may be necessary in majority of cases to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

If you have any queries about root canals or to book an appointment with us click here or call 01788 543217 at your earliest convenience.

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