Root Canal Treatment

What is a root canal treatment?


Have a damaged tooth and not sure what to do about it? If the infection has reached the inner nerve of your tooth, we may be able to use root canal treatment to save your tooth and prevent it from being extracted! This is a popular treatment choice used when patients have teeth that are severely affected by decay, trauma or periodontal disease. It is specifically used to remove an infected dental pulp, which is the inner, soft center of your tooth (made up of connective tissues and nerves that extend deeper into your root). An infected or compromised dental pulp is often very painful.

Once an infection has developed inside your tooth, a root canal procedure will be used to remove these infected tissues through the top of your tooth and then antibiotics will be placed inside the tooth to disinfect the root canal system. Once your root canal is complete, your tooth becomes functional again but it also becomes more brittle and prone to fractures. In order to protect it from future damage, a crown is often placed on top.

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Have a damaged tooth? You may need a root canal.

What causes an infected tooth nerve?


Here are some dental conditions that usually lead to an infected tooth nerve and puts you at higher risk of needing a root canal:

  • Gum disease
  • Severe tooth decay / abscessed tooth
  • An old filling / dental work
  • Chipped/cracked tooth
  • Dental trauma / injuries
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)

 


Do I need a root canal?


If you have severe decay (which will most likely lead to needing a root canal), here are some of the symptoms you’ll be experiencing:

  • Gum disease
  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Inflamed/ darkened gums
  • Pus around the affected tooth
  • Pimples forming along the gumline

If left untreated, these symptoms will worsen and eventually deteriorate the underlying jawbone, which will lead to your tooth being less secure and falling out! You can prevent this from happening by opting for a root canal.

 

What are the benefits of root canal treatment?


With a root canal, you can save an infected tooth without having to extract it. This offers many benefits, including:

  • relieves pain from having an infected tooth
  • prevents jawbone deterioration
  • makes chewing and biting easier
  • natural teeth are always better to maintain.

 


How does it work?


Your root canal is a relatively simple process that might span just 1 to 3 sessions at most. The duration will depend on the severity of your case. Initially, local anesthetic will be administered to ensure you face minimal discomfort. The infected tooth will be isolated and any infected tissue will be removed. It will then be flushed out and dried before placing antibiotic medication.

Once thoroughly cleaned and all the infected pulp is removed, the space will be filled with a rubber-like material. When your tooth has healed it will be quite brittle post-treatment, so a crown may need to be placed over the tooth’s surface on a later date in order to protect it from any future damage.

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Recovering after a root canal


Recovery time will vary from individual to individual but if you follow the right aftercare, you should be able to bounce back within a couple of days. Following your procedure, we recommend sticking to soft foods and keeping away from anything spicy to avoid irritating your newly treated tooth.

Stick to gently brushing your teeth, but avoid flossing. We can also recommend some pain relievers to help with any discomfort you may feel after the procedure, but these may make you drowsy so avoid driving or operating machinery when having them. At Wyndham Dental, we’ll make sure to walk you through every step so after care will be a walk in the park!


FAQ


The price of a root canal will ultimately depend on the severity of your individual smile, and how many teeth are in need of treatment. For a better estimate, schedule a consultation with our Wyndham dentists today. We also offer payment plans to make dental care more accessible and affordable to all.

You will simply experience slight irritation in the first few days following your procedure. If you feel pain when biting down, we recommend scheduling an appointment ASAP to assess that your recovery is on track.

Root canal treatment won’t be painful since the affected tooth is completely numbed for your procedure. After your root canal, the treated tooth will be a little tender, but this is completely normal and should only last a few days.

An endodontist is a dentist that is specialized in treatment of the tooth pulp and its surrounding tissues. They take a further degree in additional to their dental qualification, which gives them specialized training for procedures like root canal therapy and endodontic treatment.

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