Root canal treatments probably have one of the most unfair reputations among all dental procedures. Often, the mere mention of the word’s ‘root canal’ can bring up ideas of painful and uncomfortable procedures.
Thankfully, the truth is quite far from this. Endodontics, the treatment to remedy infected root canals is routine and can save your tooth from needing to be extracted. And, it’s not painful.
So, what can you expect from the root canal treatment? Here, we explain everything that you need to know ahead of having the procedure.
Before we delve into the details of the treatment, it’s helpful to understand a bit about the anatomy of the tooth. Each tooth in your mouth has two parts:
Teeth can have up to four ‘root canals’. Inside the root canal, there is the dental pulp. This consists of blood vessels and connective tissue.
When decay penetrates deep inside a tooth, it can lead to the pulp becoming infected. If this occurs, you’ll experience pain and discomfort that can often be unbearable.
This pain or sensitivity may be the most prominent when you’re chewing or while your tooth is exposed to hot or cold drinks or food.
If we suspect that your pulp is infected, x-rays can be used to confirm this.
To begin with, we’ll use a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Then we’ll make a small hole in the enamel of the tooth so that we can get inside.
Once we’re inside the tooth, we can begin clearing out the bacteria that are causing the problems.
After we’re done, we’ll close your tooth up with a filling. In some cases, we may get you back in to fit a crown to fully restore the tooth.
After your root canal treatment, your tooth may be a little sensitive for a few days, however, any pain you previously experienced should now be gone. You can usually manage your sensitivity with over-the-counter pain medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Anxiety and phobias surrounding visiting the dentist or having procedures are very common. We’re used to dealing with nervous patients. While we try to make sure our practice is a calm environment, we know that you may need some reassurance.
Let us know if you’re worried about the procedure and we’ll take the time to listen and provide some tried and tested techniques for easing anxiety.
If you’re experiencing a toothache that may be caused by a root canal infection, it’s best to have it treated sooner, rather than later.
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