Root canal treatment is a highly effective dental procedure, which is used to save a tooth that has been infected. Once the infection reaches the pulp tissue, the living tissue of the tooth, often the only options are to extract the tooth or carry out root canal therapy.
Root canal treatment has something of a bad reputation and many patients assume that it’s going to be traumatic and painful; however, this is really not the case and most of our patients find the experience refreshingly painless and hassle-free. We numb the tooth prior to treatment to prevent you from feeling any pain and we recommend taking pain relief afterwards for those who have mild discomfort once the effects of the anaesthetic wear off.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a general dental procedure, which is used to treat severely decayed or damaged teeth. This treatment is generally recommended once an infection has spread to the pulp; the pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels and once it is infected, the tooth starts to die and there is a real risk of abscesses forming. Root canal treatment is a means of stemming the spread of infection and protecting the tooth. It is often the only alternative to extraction.
Before you have root canal treatment, local anaesthetic will be used to numb the tooth completely and block any pain. Your dentist will drill into the tooth to access the root canals and then remove the decayed pulp tissue; once the tooth is clean and free from decay, the root canals will be sealed using dental material. In most cases, a new crow is placed on the tooth after root canal treatment; this helps to make the tooth stronger and also improves the aesthetic of your smile.
If you’d like to find out more about root canal treatment, or you are a nervous patient and you would like advice about undergoing root canal therapy or information about treatment at Dublin18 Dental Care, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or pop in and see us.
Root canal treatment is a relatively common but important dental procedure. In many cases, the complex procedure can save a tooth that is decayed or damaged.
What is root canal treatment?
It is a procedure recommended for cases where teeth have become infected and the infection has reached the pulp chamber (‘living’ tissue of the tooth which contains the nerves and blood vessels). Once the pulp becomes infected with bacteria the tooth effectively starts to die. Root canal treatment is a means of saving the tooth and is often a preferred alternative to tooth extraction.
What does the procedure involve?
The procedure involves removing the infected pulp tissue from the tooth. Your dentist will access the pulp chambers thought the crown of the tooth. Once all the decayed pulp has been removed, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly and the root canals sealed with filling material. This is done to prevent the infection from spreading further.
Many people have a new crown fitted after root canal treatment, as these work to strengthen the teeth and improve the aesthetics of the smile.
Benefits of root canal treatment
Tooth loss has far-reaching implications. As well as affecting the look of your smile, which can negatively affect your confidence and self-esteem, tooth loss can also cause problems relating to everyday life. You may find it difficult to chew and break down food properly, and there may also be some adverse changes to your speech. You can be left with a gap which is not aesthetically pleasing and you may have to consider some expensive alternatives to fill this space, i.e. bridges or implants.
The teeth also play an important role in supporting the cheeks and lips. If you lose teeth you may find that your cheeks start to appear sunken.
The procedure may seem a little daunting, but it is not as bad as it sounds when in capable hands and we provide anaesthetic to prevent any discomfort. At Dublin18 Dental Care near Stepaside we are happy to discuss the options with you.
‘What is a root canal exactly?’ This is the question you might well be asking yourself right now. Well friend, firstly well have to explain a little bit about the make-up of the tooth itself: A tooth can be divided in to the ‘outer crown’ and the ‘inner root’ which tethers your tooth to your jawbone. These two parts themselves contain the more intricate make-up of the tooth, with the crown featuring the visibly exposed enamel and your tooth’s innards containing the soft living tissue that is dental pulp. The root canal system extends all the way from the outer enamel, through the pulp and right down to the root of your tooth.
So why would I need root canal treatment?
Well… Bacteria is always present in the mouth. Should this bacteria ever make its way past your enamel and into the tooth’s pulp, then your tooth has become infected. This is not only excruciating, but can also lead to losing the tooth in question. Root canal treatment is essentially an attempt to clean out the bacteria from your tooth and save it.
How does a tooth become infected?
For bacteria to reach the tooth’s pulp, the outer crown has to be broken through. This is often the result of tooth decay or a leaked filling.
So what happens during root canal treatment?
Well, firstly you will be given a local anaesthetic and then a rubber dam will be placed around the site of infection. Your infected pulp will be then be removed and any abscesses will be drained. Your root canal system itself will also be given a thorough cleaning and will then be closed up. A provisional filling will then be fitted over your tooth. It will be necessary for you to return for a second appointment so that we can ensure your infection has not come back. If everything is fine, then you will be fitted with permanent filling.
Will it hurt?
The anaesthetic will mean you won’t feel anything during the actual procedure. Your tooth might be a little tender or uncomfortable post-treatment, but this should quickly die down. A temporary ache is also preferable to the agony an infected tooth will wreak! Contact the team at Dublin18 Dental Care near Carrickmines for more information on root canal treatment.
A root canal is a channel of soft dental pulp, containing nerves and blood vessels, which goes from the root of the tooth right down to the bottom of the crown (the parts of the tooth you can see in your mouth). There can be additional root canal in each tooth.
What is root canal treatment?
If your root canal becomes infected, most commonly due to tooth decay, you are left with two options. The first is to extract the tooth, which, as you can imagine, could completely ruin your smile. The second is root canal treatment from Dublin18 Dental Care near Leopardstown.
Root canal treatment involves the dentist drilling into your tooth and removing any dead or diseased pulp from within. Although that may sound intimidating, local anaesthetic is used, so you won’t feel a thing and your dentist will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment. If necessary, your dentist may put some medicine inside the cavity to ensure that all the bacteria is gone. The now empty cavity is then filled up, most commonly with a rubber like substance called gutta percha and the tooth is sealed with a crown or a filling to stop bacteria entering the tooth again.
As the anaesthetic wears off you may experience pain or discomfort in the affected tooth. This is normal and can be remedied with painkillers. You will then have to go for checkups annually, so your dentist can check that everything is going smoothly.
It is well worth getting root canal treatment if you are a suitable candidate, as it is always better to save a tooth than deal with losing one.