Root Canal Treatment

What Is A Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment can be the solution for a very badly decayed tooth or a tooth with an abscess, inside the tooth is a canal that contains a nerve, within that nerve contains a pulp. Pulp is a sensitive tissue made up of blood vessels and nerves that provides feeling, nutrients and oxygen to the tooth. When a filling is close to the nerve or the filling is cracked/broken the bacteria and saliva from the mouth leaks around the filling which may cause the pulp to become irritated, inflamed and may perish.

The Process

This process usually starts with removing active decay and infection. Any old/leaky fillings, pus, debris and infected nerve tissue are removed. We then proceed to shape the canals, the canals within the tooth root need to be shaped into smooth, hollow tunnels that are free of irregularities where residual bacteria may have been harboured. Then we fill the canals to prevent bacteria from re-infecting the empty canals in your tooth, they are permanently sealed with a long-lasting barrier material. The tooth opening is then restored with a filling but, after a root canal treatment, a tooth becomes brittle and can be strengthened with a cap or crown. Root canals usually involve 1-3 visits to the dentist, and the process usually takes 30-90 minutes.

Is A Root Canal Tretment Painful? How Long Does It Take To Recover?

The root canal treatment eliminates the pain caused by the tooth infection. A local anaesthetic numbs the tooth and surrounding area, making the procedure painless. The recovery period after a root canal treatment is minimal, and you should be feeling completely back to normal after just a few days. Slight inflammation is normal and may cause discomfort for a couple of days or so. This can be treated with an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve).

What Damages A Tooths Nerve/Pulp In The First Place?

A tooth's nerve and pulp can become irritated, inflamed, and infected due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, a crack or chip in the tooth, large fillings, , or trauma to the face.

Is There Any Alternatives

The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture, or to leave the tooth untreated. If the tooth is left untreated please take into consideration that an infection may occur and can spread to the jaw. Pus can build up and cause pain and discomfort.