Root Canal Treatment
Root canal procedure can help to save a natural tooth and avoid an extraction. The procedure is also known as endodontics. It involves removing the damaged pulp from inside the tooth and then sealing it.
- Save the natural tooth
- Stop pain from toothache
- Avoid extraction
- Convenient appointment times
- Protect your oral health
- High success rate
Root canal therapy is often the last resort to save an infected tooth when the infection has spread to the pulp. If you are in pain due to an infected tooth, don't delay treatment. If the pain goes away, this doesn't mean that the infection is gone, it simply means that more of the tooth structure has died. The pain will return, and the infection will only get worse.
The root canal procedure
The first step in a root canal procedure is to access the pulp chamber. This is done by drilling a small hole through the tooth enamel and into the dentin. Then, using special instruments, the dentist will remove the damaged pulp from the pulp chamber and root canals. Once the damaged pulp is removed, the root canals and pulp chamber will be cleaned and disinfected. The tooth will then be sealed with a special material to prevent bacteria from re-entering. In most cases, a dental crown will also be placed over the tooth to help protect it. Some of the advantages of a root canal include;
- Saving a tooth that would otherwise be lost to infection or decay.
- Preventing the need for dental implants or bridges.
- Preserving your smile and protecting your overall oral health.
Why our patients choose us
At Tarporley Dental Centre, we take a patient-first approach to dental care. As your friendly local dentists, we are here to care for smiles of all ages. With Denplan, you can spread the cost of caring for your smile, allowing you to enjoy premium care that fits your budget.
Your treatment journey
Book a checkup
During your routine checkup, we will look for signs of decay in your teeth. If your tooth is badly decayed, we may recommend a root canal to save the tooth.
Numbing the area
We start by making sure that the area is completely numb so you will be comfortable throughout your treatment.
Cleaning the root
Small tools are used to remove the decaying portion of the root and then the root canal is flushed out to ensure it is free from bacteria.
Filling and covering
A special material is placed in the root canal to support the tooth and then it may be topped with a filling or a crown.
Placing the crown
If you opt for a crown to protect your tooth, this will be placed during a follow up visit.
Frequently asked questions
No, root canal treatment should not be painful. You may experience some discomfort during the procedure, but this can be alleviated with local anaesthesia. After the procedure, you may have some soreness in your gums and teeth, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
A root canal may be needed if the tooth has become severely infected or damaged, making it impossible to repair with other treatments. This procedure involves removing the damaged inner portions of the tooth and sealing it with filling material, in order to restore form and function to the tooth. Your dentist will help you determine if a root canal is necessary.
The length of a root canal treatment will depend on the severity of your condition, as well as other factors such as your overall health and the type of anaesthesia being used. Typically, this procedure can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on these factors. Your dentist will be able to provide more specific details about the process based on your situation.
Yes, a root canal can help save your tooth by removing the damaged or infected portions of the tooth and sealing it with a filling material. This treatment can help restore form and function to your tooth, as well as prevent further damage or decay.
If you are looking for an alternative to a root canal treatment, there are several options available. One option is tooth extraction, which involves removing the damaged or infected tooth in order to treat underlying issues and restore oral health. Another option is dental crowns or fillings, which can be used to repair minor damage or decay and prevent further damage.
The length of time it takes to recover from a root canal will depend on the individual, as well as other factors such as your general health and the type of procedure being performed. In most cases, you should be able to resume regular activities within a few days of the treatment. However, it is important to follow your dentist's instructions carefully during the recovery period in order to make sure it is smooth as possible.
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