What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is the dental procedure usually called into action when a tooth is severely damaged or decayed. It can be used to save a tooth that would otherwise be removed. This treatment is typically called upon when an infection has reached the dental pulp. The pulp is the living tissue of the tooth and it contains nerves and blood vessels. Once it is infected or damaged, blood flow to the tooth is reduced and there is a high risk of infection spreading and abscesses forming.
The actual procedure involves clearing the root canals to remove decayed pulp tissue. To do this, your dentist will drill into the tooth, but you won’t feel anything because your tooth will be numbed completely before the procedure. Once the root canals have been cleared thoroughly, they will then be sealed using dental material called gutta percha. This stage of treatment helps to reduce the risk of infection spreading.
After root canal treatment, it is often advisable to fit a new crown. This will help to protect the tooth from further damage.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
There is a popular belief that root canal treatment is very painful. However, it is carried out under local anaesthetic and we can assure you that there is nothing to worry about. We understand that any kind of dental treatment can be nerve-wracking for anxious patients and provide techniques and treatments to reduce anxiety to make you feel more comfortable. For more information about treatment for nervous patients, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly reception team.