What is Root Canal Treatment?
The procedure of a root canal treatment is where there is the removal of the dead or dying nerve inside your tooth that is causing pain.
Almost all the time, there is the formation of an abscess inside your teeth just like a pimple on your skin and this needs to be ‘popped’ and drained, giving you pain relief as there is no pressure building up inside the tooth thereafter.
Once that is done we need to clean the ‘canal’ that the nerve was in and then seal it with a special filling called a root canal filling.
How does dental pulp in the root canal affect our teeth?
The dental pulp is a soft tissue located in the roots within the teeth.
It provides nerves, nutrients, connective tissue, and blood vessels to the tooth.
Before the invention of root canal treatment, the tooth was often removed and discarded, but now root canal therapy allows us the chance to save the tooth from being lost.
What are root canal symptoms?
First of all, there will pain. This is a throbbing pain.
Then you won’t be able to sleep at night.
What causes root canal pain?
Root canal pain is perceived if you have one of the following:
- First, if decay reaches the nerve of your tooth, the bacteria can infect your nerve and therefore cause really severe pain.
- Furthermore, if a new filling has been placed which is very deep and near the nerve, that can also cause a severe toothache.
As a result of these situations, it can lead to root canal pain and therefore needing root canal therapy.
What is the emergency management of root canal pain?
The first thing you need to do is call us on 0749550900 as we always save one or two appointments a day for emergencies.
Whilst you are waiting for your appointment, you can take some painkillers that may relieve your pain temporarily.
Sometimes antibiotics are needed.
But the main thing is to get rid of the infection by seeking dental care. Do not delay.
What happens if I wait too long for root canal therapy?
If you wait too long to get root canal therapy then the bacteria infecting the tooth could spread and cause the bone and even more teeth to become infected.
Eventually pain, inflammation, and swelling will occur.
Consequently, several teeth may have to be removed if root therapy is not done in time.
Why does the pulp in the root canal treatment need to be removed?
When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result.
Certain by-products of the infection can injure your jaw bones.
Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed as it is a source of infection that might spread infection onto your jaw, even head and neck region.
What happens after a Root Canal Treatment?
Once a root canal treatment is completed, we place a crown on the tooth to protect it from further infection or fracture and therefore loss of tooth
It is very important to place the crown on the tooth and should not be taken lightly.
How long will the restored root canal tooth last?
Your restored tooth could last a lifetime, if you continue to care for your teeth and gums. However, regular check-ups are necessary.
As long as the roots of a treated tooth are nourished by the tissues around it, your tooth will remain healthy.
What is the root canal cost?
Root canal cost varies from tooth to tooth depending on several factors. This includes:
- The position of the tooth in the mouth
- The number of nerves in the tooth
- The curvature of the roots of the teeth
- The difficulty of the root canal treatment
If you have already had a root canal therapy in the past and the tooth has got infected again then the root canal cost increases, as you have to redo the root canal.
Sometimes it is better to remove the tooth and restore the space with a dental implant.
What is the root canal procedure?
Our team carries out the entire root canal procedure.
Sometimes an endodontist is needed in complicated cases.
An endodontist is a professional dentist that specializes in root canal treatment and root therapy.
Following are the stages of a root canal procedure:
- We start the root canal therapy by creating a space through the crown of the tooth down into the roots to access the infected pulp of the tooth.
- The infected pulp is removed from the root canals & the area is thoroughly cleansed to prepare for a special root canal filling.
- There are cases where the pulp chamber cannot be cleaned out completely, so a few days of draining may be required.
- If this occurs during your root therapy, a temporary cap will be placed on top of the tooth until your next visit.
- A temporary cap will be removed, making sure the infection inside the root space is completely resolved, a special root canal filling is placed into the canals and then sealed for good so there’s no dead space for bacterial growth or infection to recur.
- A permanent filling is placed into the space created either with or without a post to reinforce the tooth structure to act as a good base or foundation for the crown.
A crown will be placed on the tooth at a later stage to prevent the fracture of the tooth, which will signify the end of your root canal therapy