Root canal treatment may sound like a festive nightmare, but it could be the answer to your Christmas prayers if you have an infected tooth. This procedure is often used to save a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted.
What is root canal treatment?
The root canal procedure is used to treat a tooth when an infection has reached the tooth’s living tissue. The pulp tissue contains the nerves, and blood vessels and once an infection reaches this tissue, there is a risk of blood supply stopping and the tooth dying. This treatment is designed to prevent the infection from spreading and often saves the tooth and eliminates the need for extraction.
Many people are nervous about having root canal treatment, but in reality, it is actually nothing to worry about. We numb the tooth before anything happens, so you won’t feel a thing and we will do everything we can to ensure that you remain relaxed and comfortable for the duration of your treatment.
After the tooth has been numbed, we will drill into the tooth to access the root canals. We will then clear the root canals to remove the decayed and infected tissue and then clean them thoroughly. The root canals are then sealed with dental material. This helps to ensure that the infection doesn’t spread.
What happens after treatment?
After root canal treatment, you might feel that your mouth is numb until the effects of the anaesthetic start to wear off. We often place a new crown after root canal treatment, as this helps to restore and protect the tooth. It is common to use a temporary crown and then invite you back around 2 weeks later to place the permanent crown. After treatment, you should be free from dental pain, your tooth should feel stronger and it will probably also look much healthier and more attractive.