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.
There is more to a tooth than what is visible to the naked eye. In fact, the majority of a tooth is the root, which is below the gum. The function of the root is to hold the tooth in place. In the middle of the tooth is dental pulp, which is made up of nerve cells and the blood vessels which provide the tooth’s blood supply. These are connected to the rest of the body by going through the tooth’s root, into the area known as the root canal. Occasionally, due to decay or silver fillings leaking, the tooth pulp can become infected. If this is left entirely untreated, the pulp can eventually die, and bacteria can then travel into the root canal, further infecting the rest of the mouth. This can lead to bad breath (due to all the bacteria in the mouth), abscesses, intense pain and even eventual tooth loss. To prevent all this, root canal surgery may be necessary when the pulp becomes infected.
What does root canal surgery involve?
After taking an x-ray and placing a thin sheet of rubber called a ‘dental dam’ over the tooth to prevent infection during the procedure, the dentist will administer a local anaesthetic to ensure that the treatment is pain-free. The next step is to make a small opening at the top of the tooth, to make the pulp accessible. Special narrow dental files are then used to remove the infected pulp, and then a special cleaning fluid may be used to clean around the new space and the root canal, to make sure that the source of the problem – the bacteria – is totally removed. The space is then filled with a permanent filling, and occasionally a crown may be used to provide extra support. This can usually be done in one visit.