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It is very important to treat root canal problems at the earliest possible stage. Leaving the infection untreated causes a lot of pain and can be dangerous. If you would like more information on how to treat cracked teeth or look at root canal treatment options, please contact Smile Chic where we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.
If you have been experiencing severe tooth pain, it is possible that you may require root canal treatment. If your tooth has become damaged or cracked, you have tooth decay, large fillings or have recently had a trauma to the tooth, the chance of a root canal procedure increases, as these scenarios all leave your tooth open to infection.
Root canal treatment (or endodontics) is required when there is an infection deep within your tooth. The blood or nerve supply may be infected either due to an injury or a severe cavity. You may not experience any pain or discomfort during the early stages of an infection, however if your tooth changes colour and darkens that is a sign that your tooth nerve is in danger of dying. If left untreated, this kind of infection can not only be very painful, but can lead to a tooth abscess or even tooth loss.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is also known as Endodontics and may strike fear into the hearts of many patients, but it is necessary because without it you could lose your tooth. It’s also nothing to be afraid of.
Root canal treatment involves clearing the infection from the tooth with special files, under a binocular microscope. The space inside the root is then cleaned and filled to prevent further infection. It is common to place a crown on top of the tooth at the end of the procedure, to provide extra strength. Treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic so should be pain-free, and will require one or two visits to the practice.
Teeth at the front of the mouth commonly have one root with one root canal, while teeth at the back have a more complex system of two or more roots, each with one or two root canals. For that reason the length of the procedure will depend on which tooth is being treated and how complex its root canal system is, but on average treatment lasts one to two hours. If you need more than one appointment, you will be given a temporary filling to keep food particles and bacteria out of the root canal. The success rate for endodontic treatment is between 85 and 95%.
You will require x-rays to ensure an accurate picture of what is happening and exactly what root canal treatment is necessary
Often a dental crown is required to reinforce the integrity of the tooth and prevent loss of the root treated tooth in the long term
Often dental onlay is required to reinforce the integrity of the tooth and prevent loss of the root treated tooth in the long term
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Frequently asked questions
Why Consider Root Canal Treatment
Why is root canal necessary?
When the dental pulp becomes diseased or dies, it can cause pain and swelling. Without treatment, the infection could progress, even in the absence of pain, and the tooth may need to be removed.
Root canal treatment will help retain the tooth, preserve your appearance, allow you to chew with comfort and help maintain neighbouring teeth.
What is root canal treatment?
It’s one type of endodontic treatment that aims to prevent ortreat disease in the tissue surrounding the tooth when the dental pulp is diseased or has died.
A small hole is drilled in the centre ofthe tooth to allow removal of the pulp and/or disinfection of the root canal system. The root canal system is then filled to prevent re-infection.
What is the alternative to root canal treatment?
The alternative is having the tooth extracted. The missing tooth maybe replaced with a removable partial denture, bridge or an implant.
What happens after root canal treatment?
You will return to your dentist for a definitive restoration. This may involve a crown to protect the tooth and restore it to full function. You will be recalled after 6 months to 1 year following treatment to monitor the extent of healing.
How do I avoid a root canal?
Root canal treatment can be avoided by practicing good dental care. Regular visits for check ups mean that your dentist is in a good position to pick up on any problems you may not have noticed. They will check any current fillings or crowns for damage or cracks. By treating issues in the early stages you avoid infections and further complications that would ultimately lead to endodontic treatment.
Tooth decay is one of the common reasons for root canal infections. You can keep tooth decay at bay by brushing and flossing regularly, chewing sugar-free gum between meals and reducing the amount of fizzy drinks and sugar in your diet.