If you’ve been told that you need a root canal treatment, it may leave you wondering what has caused the infection, and what the procedure involves. You may worry that the procedure is going to be uncomfortable or distressing – it’s not, and the more you understand about it, the better prepared you’ll be.
To understand the procedure, we need to look at how your teeth are made up. There are two parts to every tooth – there is the top part which you can see above the gums. This is called the crown. Beneath the gums are the tooth’s roots. There can be up to four root canals on each tooth.
Inside the root canal, there is tissue made up of blood vessels and nerves. This is called ‘dental pulp’. When an infection forms in the root of a tooth it can be very painful and it’s important that a root canal treatment is carried out to remove all of the affected tissue.
In this article, we’ll demystify the root canal treatment and provide you with all of the information you need ahead of the procedure.
When left untreated, an infected root canal will spread and will cause further damage and decay to the tooth. When the tooth has become too badly damaged, the only option will be extraction.
By carrying out a root canal early, it will be possible to save the tooth.
If you’re experiencing swelling and severe pain around your tooth, this may be an indication of an infection in the root canal. It’s important to see a dentist as early as possible so that this can be addressed quickly.
Root canal treatment involves the dentist drilling a small hole in the top of your tooth. This will allow access to the root canal, allowing the removal of infected pulp.
Once the root canal has been fully cleared of affected tissue, the hole used to access it can be closed off. This will either be done using a filling or a crown. Your dentist will advise which option will be necessary for your circumstances.
Although root canals are important procedures, they are very routine. Your dentist will have carried out countless successful root canal treatments in the past, and you can be confident that you’re in safe hands.
The treatment will be carried out using a local anaesthetic, so you won’t experience any pain and discomfort. Recovery time following a root canal is also minimal.
If you’re experiencing a severe toothache and swelling in your gums, don’t delay in booking an appointment with Define Clinic’s Dr Alfonso Rao. Root canals should be carried out sooner rather than later.
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