Root canal treatments
Root canal treatment (also called Endodontics) is required when the nerve tissue inside your tooth dies off. This is most often due to tooth decay or damage from trauma or by extensive dental procedures.
Infection can occur and may spread through the root canal, leading to an abscess and causing discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, a tooth may need to be taken out. We are proud to offer our patients advanced root canal techniques under high-powered magnification by our specialist in this field.
What Is A Root Canal?
A root canal is possibly the most dreaded of all dental procedures, but at The Dentist UK, it doesn’t need to be. It involves some very intricate work on your tooth but our dentists ensure our patients are comfortable during the entire process. During a root canal, your tooth is cleared of decay and the dentist will drill further into your tooth to remove the nerve and pulp. You may think removing the nerve is bad for your tooth, but the nerve actually isn’t necessary to ensure the health of your tooth. Once the nerve and pulp have been removed, the natural cavity is cleaned and it can be filled with a special filling.
What Can Cause Nerve And Pulp Problems In A Tooth?
The main cause of nerve and pulp problems in a tooth is decay. Tooth decay can result in the nerve and pulp becoming infected and inflamed. Decay isn’t the only problem that may have your dentist considering a root canal treatment. A root canal may also be necessary if your tooth has been damaged, chipped or broken. In some cases, sustaining a heavy blow to your jawline can also result in nerve and pulp damage in your tooth.
How Do I Know I May Need A Root Canal Treatment?
A severely painful toothache is usually a good indication that you may need a root canal. However, there are usually other signs as well. Your tooth may have become overly sensitive to hot and cold and remain sensitive long after the source of the heat or cold problem has been removed. You may also have noticed that chewing on that tooth is quite painful. Some visible symptoms include the affected tooth becoming discoloured or the area around the tooth is inflamed and may have tiny pimples appearing. Not all teeth requiring a root canal show symptoms and, at times, the first sign of such a tooth is uncovered during a routine visit to your dentist.
How Long Does A Root Canal Treatment Last?
You will need at least two visits to the dentist for a root canal treatment. The first involves cleaning the inside of the tooth and removing the nerve and pulp. The second, or subsequent visits involve treating an infected cavity. Once the cavity is infection free, your dentist will place a filling in the hole and the root canal treatment is complete.
Is A Root Canal Painful?
Most people shudder at the very thought of having a root canal treatment as they have been elevated to the notoriety of being extremely painful. Once upon a time, that may have been the case, but with continuous advancements in anaesthetics, you will most likely only feel mild pressure that is very similar to being treated with a regular filling.
What Happens After A Root Canal Treatment?
You may experience some mild pain for a few days following a root canal treatment, but this is usually due to the natural cavity being slightly inflamed. In serious cases, where the pulp was infected, your dentist may recommend taking antibiotics to prevent further infection or inflammation. If you do experience mild pain, it can usually be managed with an over-the-counter medication.