ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

WHAT IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

A root canal is performed when the soft inner part of a tooth, known as the pulp, is injured or becomes inflamed or infected.

WHEN WOULD I NEED ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

  • deep decay due to an untreated cavity

  • a chip or crack in the tooth

  • an injury to the tooth (you might injure a tooth if you get hit in the mouth; the pulp can still be damaged even if the injury doesn’t crack the tooth)

Your dentist will examine the painful tooth and take X-rays to confirm the diagnosis.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.it depends upon the infection. 

At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE THE TREATMENT?

The alternative is to have the tooth out. Any tooth can’t heal itself and needs some treatment. It is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

WHAT ABOUT AFTERCARE?

Root canal-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth twice a day. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.

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