Root Canal Treatment is typically required where the nerve in a tooth has died and become infected. Often the tooth will have become inflamed and will result in you suffering pain.
The aim of the treatment is to remove dead or inflamed tissue from the nerve canals and to fill this space so bacteria cannot colonise it, causing ongoing infection. The nerve chamber of the tooth is opened and the channels in the roots cleaned and shaped to allow disinfection and filling to the root tips.
What to expect from treatment
If you require root canal treatment, you can expect the following approach from our team:
- The dentist will carry out an initial examination of the infected area and will recommend a treatment option(s) for you.
- The nature of the treatment will vary depending on the tooth involved, its past history and your age.
- We take an x-ray of the root to assess the number and shapes of the roots.
- Treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic and should not be uncomfortable.
- As small instruments and disinfectants are used, a protective sheet of rubber is placed over the tooth to create a secure operating area. This means no debris or water collects in the mouth.
- Following the root canal filling, the tooth is sealed with normal filling material.
- Treatment is typically completed over two appointments.
The lack of a live nerve within the tooth has little effect on its chewing ability. Where root canal treatment has been undertaken we usually recommend patients to obtain a crown which is fitted over the individual tooth. This helps to prevent it from fracturing and gives it greater strength and protection.
After the Procedure
Taking good care of your teeth and gums is a must after a root canal. You might need to schedule an additional visit with us to X-ray the treated tooth and to make sure that all signs of infection are gone, in addition to twice-yearly dental cleanings and exams. It’s important to keep up a good oral care routine at home, including brushing twice a day with a toothpaste that fights germs for 12 hours. With care and attention, a tooth treated with a root canal can stay healthy for the rest of your life.