Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment;
can help save a tooth that has been badly damaged by trauma, disease, or decay.
Root canal treatment can help a patient keep a damaged tooth rather than having it replaced or removed.
Every tooth contains fine spaces inside known as root canals. Inside these canals is the dental pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels.
If the dental pulp is diseased or dead, the root canal will get infected and cause a toothache and eventually form an abscess. In order to treat the toothache and remove the abscess, an experienced dentist will need to perform root canal treatment in order to save the infected tooth.
Several factors put a tooth at risk of pulp death or disease, including:
Symptoms of a possible damaged or infected tooth include:
Our staff are more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.
There a few general causes of an infected or dead tooth :
A simple root canal procedure can typically be completed in one visit, but some cases may require two visits.
The procedure usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes and begins with the application of a local anesthetic to numb the affected area.
The dentist then creates a hole in the crown of the tooth, allowing access to the root canals inside the tooth. The infected pulp is then removed, and the root canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected..
The root canals are then filled, and the hole created by the dentist is restored. If a significant amount of damage has occurred to the tooth structure, a crown will be needed to protect the tooth from further damage.
It is common for the tooth to be tender following the procedure. This should resolve within a couple of days, but feel free to contact us if you have any concerns.
Aftercare procedures following root canal treatment include:
Regular visits to the dentist, and brushing and flossing twice daily, is the best way to prevent tooth decay and dental infection.
Be sure to get immediate care for any chipped, broken, or cracked teeth in order to prevent infection arising.
Each situation is unique as several factors affect the cost of treatment. These include: