The term “root canal treatment” can cause anxiety among many patients, but for our experienced dentists, this is a routine procedure. Remember, patient comfort is our top priority. Typically, you will be given an anaesthetic to numb the area.
Why you might need root canal treatment?
One of the most common reasons for needing root canal treatment is when there’s an infection within the tooth itself or in the surrounding gum. Trauma or inflammation from a past cavity or deep filling can also necessitate a root canal treatment.
If you are experiencing severe, persistent dental pain or toothaches, you should speak with a dental professional as soon as you can. It could be a sign of infection.
What does root canal treatment involve?
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure to remove the soft tissue from inside the tooth. We use a special drill to thoroughly clean the inside of your tooth and its canals and this includes smoothing out all surfaces and disinfecting the site.
The tooth is then refilled with a special material known as gutta-percha, which is usually rubber-based. This substance fills the gap and blocks off the roots from further damage and infection.
Depending on your situation, your dentist may also recommend a crown to reinforce the remaining tooth structure and to prevent further damage. If so, you may need to come back for another appointment so your dentist can fit a crown for you. This crown will sit over the top the entire tooth and help to strengthen the remaining toothstructure.
Root canal treatment recovery time
Most patients return to their normal activities the next day. Any sensitivity or discomfort following treatment can usually be controlled using over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen. It is recommended you stick to soft foods or liquids initially, but you’ll usually be able to return to your normal diet after 24 hours. Your dentist will advise you on specific instructions for your circumstances.
Are you experiencing dental pain and discomfort? Make an appointment with one of our experienced dentists today.