Root Canal Treatment
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT EXPERTS
Protecting your teeth is paramount to a healthy lifestyle and there are many issues that you can face when it comes to dental care. This is particularly true with the nerve supply of a tooth (known as the pulp). If the pulp becomes infected or injured, it can lead to more long-term damage and at Cranmore we specialise in Root Canal Treatment (RCT) to prevent this from happening.
WHAT IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?
Root canal treatment (also called endodontics) is needed when tooth pulp is infected through decay or injury.
WHY IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT NEEDED?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system to the tooth and may eventually lead to an abscess.
If RCT isn’t carried out, then infection spreads and the tooth may have to be taken out.
dOES RCT HURT?
No. A local anaesthetic is used, and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.
What DOES THE TREATMENT INVOLVE?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.
The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
What WILL MY TOOTH LOOK LIKE AFTER TREATMENT?
In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
What if IT HAPPENS AGAIN?
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE THE TREATMENT?
The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal, and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
WILL THE TOOTH BE SAFE AFTER TREATMENT?
Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
WhERE CAN THIS TREATMENT BE CARRIED OUT?
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which your dentist will be happy to do for you.
WHAT ABOUT AFTERCARE?
Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.
BOOK YOUR ROOT CANAL TREATMENT APPOINTMENT TODAY
To learn more about our root canal treatment, book in for an appointment with one of our experts and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.