Root Canal Treatments
Root Canal Treatments are necessary when the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This may occur as a result of tooth decay, tooth damage (because of a trauma) or leaky fillings. If you feel a pain in your tooth, an X-ray will show if the tooth’s pulp has been damaged. The aim of the treatment is to painlessly remove the infected pulp, before cleaning, shaping and filling the canal.
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The treatment is usually completed in 2 visits, the first visit involves removing the dead nerve & infected tissue from the tooth, and this should stop a toothache. The root canals are sealed before being cleaned during the second visit. Finally, the tooth canals are filled with a thermoplastic material named gutta-percha. To seal the canal, this material is heated and compressed against the walls of the root canal. Together with the sealer (an adhesive cement-like material), the gutta-percha will fill the cleared canal.
We use only the best technologies, we use the flexible titanium rotary files that have special rotary motors to guarantee that the tooth canals are shaped safely. For minimal risk, we only use each root canal file once. We also use apex locators to accurately find out the length of root canals. They also help to reduce the radiographic dosage given to patients.
After all treatments, the tooth canals are meticulously cleaned with disinfectants. For the comfort of all our patients, the tooth will be anaesthetised during the treatment. We also offer sedation for nervous or anxious about the procedure.
After the procedure, a rubber dam is put up around the tooth to isolate it & safeguard the tooth from bacteria. Root canal treatments have a success rate of up to 90%! Patients are advised to receive a dental crown after their root canal treatment to avoid tooth fracture or canal leakage due to the weakening of the tooth’s structure after the procedure. Any pain you experience any pain after your root canal procedure can usually be settled by painkillers.
Post root canal, you may experience tooth discoloration, this can be hidden by the recommended crown. This can also be treated by cosmetic bleaching. Your dentist will help you decide on the best option for you.
Where will the procedure take place?
The root canal treatment is a routine procedure and can be performed by your dentist at your regular practice.
Does the treatment hurt?
Any pain you may feel during the procedure is caused by the infected tooth and not by the treatment. The root canal treatment itself I painless and an anaesthetic will numb the tooth and its surrounding area.
Will my tooth be safe after the procedure?
Root canal procedures are highly successful. However, we recommend a crown treatment to restore the tooth and offer extra support to the weakened tooth.
Does will my tooth look like after the treatment?
Root canal treatments may sometimes cause the tooth to darken. We offer several treatments to restore the natural appearance of the tooth.
What if the infection returns?
Whilst root canal treatments have a high success rate (of up to 90%), should the infection return, the treatment is repeatable.
Is there an alternative to the root canal treatment?
Whilst we do not recommend leaving an infected tooth in the mouth. Once a tooth’s pulp is damaged, it is unable to heal. The only other treatment path is to remove the tooth. Although it is usually best to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible.
What should I know about root canal aftercare?
No extra care is necessary for a root canal treated tooth & the tooth should just be treated the same as all other teeth. Remember to brush your teeth twice daily, we recommend the use of fluoride toothpaste. We also recommend cutting down on sugary snacks and make sure to visit your dentist for regular check-ups!