Root Canal Treatment: Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What is root canal treatment?
A: Root canal treatment, or endodontics, is a dental procedure required when the tooth’s pulp, which includes the blood and nerve supply, becomes infected due to decay or injury.
Q: Why is root canal treatment necessary?
A: If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may propagate through the tooth’s root canal system, potentially resulting in an abscess. The infection can spread if root canal treatment is not performed, necessitating tooth removal.
Q: Is root canal treatment painful?
A: The procedure is not painful, as a local anaesthetic is administered. The experience should be similar to receiving a standard dental filling.
Q: What does the procedure entail?
A: The goal of root canal treatment is to eliminate all infections from the root canal. The treatment is intricate and time-consuming, often requiring multiple visits to the dentist. The initial appointment involves the removal of infected pulp and the cleaning and shaping of the root canal, followed by the placement of a temporary filling. The tooth is then checked at a subsequent visit, and if the infection has cleared, a permanent filling is applied. The root is subsequently cleaned and filled to prevent further infection.
Q: How will my tooth appear after treatment?
A: In the past, teeth that underwent root canal treatment frequently darkened. However, modern techniques have primarily mitigated this issue. If discolouration occurs, various treatments are available to restore the tooth’s natural appearance.
Q: Is root canal treatment costly?
A: Root canal treatment is available through the National Health Service, but due to the complexity and duration of the procedure, many dentists prefer to perform it privately. Your dentist can provide a cost estimate.
Q: What are the consequences of not undergoing the treatment?
A: The alternative to root canal treatment is tooth extraction. Although some individuals may prefer extraction, retaining as many natural teeth as possible is generally recommended. Since the pulp cannot heal once destroyed, leaving an infected tooth in the mouth is inadvisable.
Q: Will the tooth be secure after treatment?
A: Yes, but restoring the tooth with a crown is advisable to provide additional support and strength.
Q: Where can I receive root canal treatment?
A: Root canal treatment is a standard dental procedure that your dentist can perform.
Q: What should I know about aftercare?
A: Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment should be cared for like any other tooth. Clean your teeth at least once a day with fluoride toothpaste, reduce sugary snacks, and schedule regular dental check-ups.
Our treatments include…
- White Fillings
- Root Canal Treatment
- Post Crowns
- Adhesive Bridges
- Teeth Whitening
Our experienced team is passionate about providing a welcoming environment where you can feel comfortable and confident in the quality of treatment you receive.