Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)
Our dentists will usually do all we can to save an existing tooth because the long-term cost to the patient can be much more affordable than a tooth extraction, followed by replacement of the missing tooth. Root canal therapy is just one option that can be used, often in conjunction with dental crowns, to save the tooth, strengthen it and still preserve a natural appearance.
We are experienced in putting nervous or anxious patients at ease, so you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.
We have all the equipment necessary for providing high quality and predictable root canal treatments. We use a combination of hand instruments and nickel-titanium rotary files. We also use digital radiography in every surgery for more efficient and accurate treatment.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to treat soft tissue infection caused by bacteria in the root canal system. The root canal system itself is made up of soft tissue that includes nerves and blood vessels, combined this is referred to as the pulp. If the infection in the tooth is not cleared out, the infection will spread to the surrounding tissues giving rise to a tooth abscess.
Why is root canal treatment needed?
Root canal treatment is needed to save a tooth when the nerve in the tooth dies and the root gets infected. This can happen because of decay, injury, or simply because a tooth has had to be heavily restored over time.
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection will spread through the root canal system of the tooth and may lead to an abscess in the bone at the end of the root. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be extracted.
Root Canal Therapy Introduction Video
Please make sure to play the video below to get a good insight of how root canal treatment is done and risks involved.
Alternative to Root Canal Therapy Video
Please make sure to play the video below to understand what are other alternatives to root canal treatment.
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What does it involve?
The aim of the treatment is to remove as much as possible of the infection from the root canal. The root canals are shaped, cleaned and thoroughly disinfected to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure and may involve more than one visit to your dentist.
The first may be an emergency visit when you have toothache either from a dying nerve or from an abscess. Priority will be given to relieving your pain by draining any abscess which may be present, and placing a root dressing and a temporary filling.
At a follow-up appointment the root canal will be cleaned, shaped and disinfected. When your dentist is satisfied that the infection is gone, the tooth can be permanently root filled and subsequently restored.
Will the treatment be successful?
There is a very good chance of success although this can never be guaranteed because of the sometimes complex shape of the nerve canals which can make them difficult to clean and disinfect fully.
Once the root has been filled successfully, your own immune system will work to heal the inflamed tissues. Your dentist will monitor root filled teeth to check on healing.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Usually a local anesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done. However the treatment can be carried out under intravenous sedation if you are anxious about dental treatment.
A tooth with no nerve may get darker after a root filling. This is not normally a problem with back teeth but may be a concern in a front tooth. Ways to overcome this include bleaching that tooth with products such as Philips Zoom Professional inChair Teeth Whitening or veneer a crown. If a root filled tooth has a crown, it is likely to need a post fitted into the root to support the crown. A root filled tooth will be weaker than it was, both because a dead tooth is more brittle and because the structure is unavoidably weakened by having to drill into it. Hence it is often necessary or advisable to restore the tooth with a strong restoration such as a dental crown.
This will depend on whether it is a back or front tooth, and how many visits are needed.
Root Canal Treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated. There is always a risk that the treatment may not be successful. The success of treatment depends on the complexity of the treatment, the number of roots, the number of canals to be treated. Even though general dentists carry out root canal treatments, they are a very precise and complex part of dental 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.