When the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes irritated or infected, root canal treatments are required.Numerous factors, including extensive decay, repeated dental treatments on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth, might contribute to the inflammation or infection. Additionally, even if there are no obvious chips or breaks in the tooth, an injury nonetheless may result in pulp damage. Untreated pulp inflammation and infection can hurt or result in an abscess.
Our main objective is to return your teeth to their original shape and function in order to safeguard them from further harm and to enhance your quality of life. Additionally, these procedures enhance your teeth’s aesthetics, boosting your confidence in your smile and general appearance.
What is root canal treatment?The dentist or endodontist needs to remove the infected pulp, open up the tooth at the crown, clean and shape the canals, and then fill the canal system. This is known as endodontic or root canal treatment. Gutta percha, a filler that resembles rubber and forms a seal in the canal to prevent reinfection, is used. After that, tooth-coloured filling material is used to fill the tooth’s crown.
Does the treatment hurt?No, the process shouldn’t be painful for you. Using local anaesthetic, we will numb your tooth and the surrounding area. While you will sense that treatment is being given, you won’t experience any pain.
How many visits are required?Your root canal treatment may be completed in a single appointment or over the course of several sessions, depending on how complicated your situation is. At your initial appointment, we’ll be able to talk with you about this. Rarely will a patient require more than two visits.
Is treatment always successful?Typically, root canal therapy has excellent results. However, on rare occasions, a tooth may continue to be infected after a root filling and not settle down. In this situation, surgery is required to remove the infected area. The tooth can usually be salvaged in this unusual instance.
What are the signs root canal treatment is needed?Pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, tooth discolouration, swelling, drainage, and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as the adjacent bone and gingival tissues are all warning signs to watch out for. But occasionally there are no symptoms.