Contrary to popular belief a root canal treatment is not painful. We will give you a good local anaesthetic and ensure it has had enough time to work before actually starting the treatment.
Root Canal treatment will be necessary if the 'pulp' inside a tooth becomes infected. Pulp fills the centre of the tooth and the root canals, which hold the tooth firmly in the Jawbone. In a mature tooth however infected pulp can be removed safely.
Infected pulp can affect the bone around the tooth, causing an abscess to form. We undertake Root Canal Treatment in order to save the tooth from extraction. We do this by:
If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may have to be extracted. So long as the tooth is properly restored following a root canal treatment however there is no reason why it should not last for the rest of your life. An infection of the dental pulp may not cause any pain at first. If it is not treated however pain and swelling will follow. Some indications that a tooth may need a root canal are:
We may be able to complete your Root canal treatment in a single session, but in some circumstances we will need to schedule further treatments.
An infected tooth may need several appointments to make sure that the infection is eliminated.
In most cases, the tooth will need a crown. This is particularly true for chewing teeth. A crown will help to restore the tooth's strength and protect it from cracking. Crowns are custom made for each patient and our laboratory will need a few days to do this during which time we will dress the tooth with a temporary.
The entire process will generally take around a week to complete and you will normally be able to return home without needing further treatment.
We are often asked to treat a tooth that has already had a root canal treatment carried out elsewhere. This may be necessary for any of several reasons.