When do I need to consider a root canal treatment?
If the nerve inside a tooth is damaged, due to decay, trauma or infection, a root canal treatment may be required. The alternative may be to extract the tooth.
To save the tooth and maintain its function and cosmetic role in the mouth, a root canal treatment is often provided. This avoids extraction and loss of the tooth, if at all possible. A root canal treatment is not always possible and your dentist will be able to advise. There are risk and benefits with this treatment and your dentist will discuss this with you before carrying out the procedure.
What is the Purpose of this treatment?
The purpose of root canal treatment is to clean the inside of the tooth, inside the root system, and then fill it with a root filling. This helps to reduce the chances of bacteria getting inside the tooth and causing an infection. A protective filling or a covering crown is often placed over the tooth to protect it further.
Why are Root canal treatments complicated?
Root Canal treatment can be a complex dental procedure. This is because the root canal system of the tooth can be complex, particularly in back molar teeth. This is why root canal treatment appointments tend to be longer and may require several sessions. If the tooth or the root system is very complicated, a referral to a Specialist may be discussed.
What is the Root Canal?
The root canal system, is the central part of the tooth. It is encased inside the hard outer shell. The root canals of teeth run into the jawbone, anchoring the teeth. It’s especially important to treat root canal infections as soon as possible.
Will it be sore?
Root canal treatments are provided under local anaesthetic, so you should be numb during the treatment. If there is an abscess, this can be drained during the procedure. Your dentist will ensure that the procedure is as comfortable as possible. After the procedure, pain relief may be required, to allow the tooth to settle. Your dentist will advise.