A root canal treatment can save teeth that have been severely damaged by decay or trauma. It involves removing the infected nerve within the tooth, disinfecting and cleaning it, and then filling, sealing, and restoring it.
During root canal treatment, a dentist first administers a local anaesthetic and uses specialised tools to access the inside of the tooth. They then scrape out any remaining root pulp and damage before thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the area. Finally, they will seal the cavity with a permanent filling before capping it off with a dental crown for added protection.
The root canal treatment procedure can be performed in one or more appointments depending on the patient’s tooth condition. It can be beneficial for those looking to maintain their natural tooth rather than needing an extraction or implant in its place.
Root canal treatment is an important procedure that can save a tooth from extraction. Through drilling and cleaning the infected pulp chamber of a tooth, root canal therapy can help preserve the natural tooth’s structure by replacing it with an inert material.
This process relieves pain and also fights any potential decay or infection in the inner portion of a damaged tooth, allowing for improved oral health and function. When facing severe tooth decay, opting for root canal treatment can be an effective solution to protect natural teeth while maintaining good oral hygiene.
Root canal treatment is a specialised dental procedure used to treat serious, but very common problems affecting the inside of a tooth, such as infection or inflammation.
The step-by-step root canal process begins with the dentist numbing the affected area with local anaesthetic before drilling into the tooth to access the infected pulp of the tooth.
Next, a series of files are used to clean out all of the infected tissue in order to completely sanitise the area. Once this is completed, a sealant is used to fill and protect any additional air pockets in the root canals before they are filled with a special dental compound. Following which, a temporary filling is applied to keep everything safe and secure until an appointment can be made for final restoration, such as a crown or bridge for extra stability and structure.
With each step performed by experienced dentists at Family Dental Centre, patients have nothing to worry about during the entire root canal procedure. Root canal treatments typically take one or more visits over several weeks in order to be fully successful; however, most patients experience relief from symptoms almost immediately after undergoing the root canal treatment process.
The cost of root canal treatment can vary from individual to individual based on the severity of decay or damage and dental requirements. It is best to consult with your dentist to know the accurate cost of how much your root canal will be. Contact our hotline at 1800 336 8478, or send us an email or WhatsApp message to receive a cost estimation.
It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days after your root canal treatment as your body undergoes the natural healing process.
You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time post-treatment. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, get in touch with us as soon as possible.
Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact our clinic.
Contact us right away if you develop any of the following:
Root canal treatment can sometimes seem intimidating due to its reputation as a painful process, but in reality, it’s no more uncomfortable than any other dental work. The area of the mouth is numbed with local anaesthesia, so patients do not feel any pain, though they may experience some mild pressure and vibration during the root canal procedure.
Root canals often alleviate pain associated with an infected tooth by removing the bacteria and damaged tissue from the area before sealing it off. With proper care and maintenance, root canal treatments can still last many years after the procedure has been completed.