A root canal treatment can save a tooth whose nerve has become damaged or dies due to decay or trauma. Instead of extracting the tooth, the infected or damaged pulp from inside the tooth is removed. This procedure usually requires two to three visits.
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A root canal is what we call an endodontic (inside the tooth) treatment. It involves the removal of infected or dead tissue from within the tooth. This tissue is called pulp and it sits inside the tooth, providing nerves and nutrients. Sometimes, the pulp can become infected or damaged for various reasons, such as decay, wear and tear, an injury to the tooth or gum disease.
An infection can not only damage the tooth, it can also spread to other areas of the mouth, so it’s very important it’s treated as quickly as possible. A root canal treatment can save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction. Though artificial tooth replacements are very good thanks to modern technology, nothing is better than your natural teeth, and tooth replacement procedures are more complex than a root canal.
What are the signs that I might need a root canal?
Sometimes, there aren’t any symptoms that signal the need for a root canal, which is why dental check-ups are so important, even if you feel nothing is wrong. Commonly, though, the need for a root canal can be heralded by:
Sensitivity to heat or cold that continues after the heat or cold has been taken away
Severe toothache when chewing
Swollen and tender gums
Darkening of the tooth
Swelling of the face or neck
What’s involved in a root canal treatment?
A root canal procedure can take two to three visits, and involves:
Locating the dead pulp and removing it.
Cleaning and sterilising the pulp chamber and root canal.
Filling and sealing the pulp chamber and root canal so bacteria cannot re-enter.
After the procedure, it’s common advice to protect the tooth with a crown, as the decay or trauma that initially damaged the nerve often compromises the structural integrity of the tooth.
Is a root canal procedure painful?
Root canals have a bad name. It’s a common misconception that these procedures are painful. However, modern technology is a wonderful thing, and with the aid of anaesthetics, the vast majority of our patients who undergo a root canal experience no more discomfort than if they were having a simple filling.
A very small number of patients may experience a little more discomfort at the first appointment if the tooth is heavily infected and already causing severe toothache. However, they often find the procedure provides them with relief from the toothache.
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