If the pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
What is a root canal and why do I need root canal treatment?
During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Is root canal treatment painful?
Today, getting root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling. In fact, root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain but actually relieves it. Advances have made the treatment a virtually pain-free experience, many times accomplished in a single visit. Dentists understand a great deal about pain management. With modern techniques and anaesthetics, the vast majority of patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
I’m worried about x-rays. Should I be?
No. While x-rays will be necessary during your endodontic treatment, we use an advanced non-film computerised system called digital radiography (RVG) and portable DC x-ray machine that produces radiation levels up to 95 per cent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery.
If the tooth isn’t bothering me, why do I need a root canal?
Some patients may experience tooth pain initially and then it goes away on its own or with the help of antibiotics. Just because it has stopped hurting doesn’t mean it is no longer infected. Root canal treatment is designed to disinfect the inside of the tooth (the source of infection) and stop the spread of infection.
Some patients may never experience pain with an infected tooth. In fact, root canal infection is often discovered through routine radiographs and/or clinical examination. The tooth may have a chronic infection that the body has accommodated enough to not have gone beyond the patient’s pain threshold. Prior to performing any root canal, the dentist will thoroughly examine all radiographic and clinical findings to determine if a root canal is indicated.
Would extraction(pulling the tooth) be a better alternative?
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. If your dentist recommends extraction, ask whether root canal treatment is an option.
Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with a damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canals treated teeth last a lifetime. Placement of a bridge or an implant will require significantly more time in treatment and may result in further procedures to adjacent teeth and supporting tissues.
How long does a root canal take?
What happens after my root canal is done?
When your root canal treatment has been completed, restoration (Fillings and crown) is necessary to protect your tooth.
Is it expensive?
Saving your tooth through endodontic treatment is less expensive and less invasive than extraction and replacement with a bridge or implant. The cost will depend on the restoration you need. Our staff will let you know the cost of your root canal and restoration.