If you’re looking for a lifesaver for a troubled tooth, look no further than root canal treatment. This procedure is often used to save an infected tooth when the only other alternative is extraction.
Root canal treatment has a bad reputation and many people shudder at the mere mention of the words root canal. However, we can assure you that treatment is actually very comfortable and there’s nothing to worry about. The tooth will be numbed completely before we begin treatment and we will do all we can to ensure that you remain relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a procedure used to treat a tooth when an infection has reached the living tissue of the tooth. This tissue is found within the pulp chamber. The pulp tissue contains the nerves and blood vessels and once it is infected, blood supply to the tooth is reduced and the tooth starts to die.
Root canal treatment involves removing the decayed tissue, cleaning the root canals and sealing them to reduce the risk of an infection spreading through the tooth.
Before treatment begins, the tooth is numbed using local anaesthetic. This helps to prevent the patient from feeling any pain. The dentist then drills into the tooth, clears and cleans the root canals and then fills them and seals them. Usually, after root canal treatment, a new crown is placed over the top of the tooth. This helps to make the tooth stronger and it also makes the tooth look healthier and more attractive.
What are the alternatives?
Usually, when root canal treatment is recommended, this means that an infection has spread to the tooth pulp and this means that treatments, such as fillings, will be ineffective. The only alternative to root canal treatment in most cases is extraction.