What Is Root Canal Therapy?
If you’re experiencing toothaches or sensitivity to hot and cold when you eat or drink, these are all indications that it’s time to visit your dentist for a check up.
These warning signs often mean there could be an infection or inflammation in the root system of your tooth. After an examination, if an infection is found, often a root canal is the preferred treatment which allows the infection to be treated without removing the tooth.
Although most dentists perform root canals, you may also be referred to an endodontist. Endodontists are dental specialists who undergo additional training in diagnosing tooth pain, treating the inner layers of a tooth and performing other procedures that maintain the health of a damaged tooth.
What Is a Root Canal?
A tooth is covered by an outer layer of enamel and an inner layer of hard dentin that protects the nerves, blood vessels and soft tissues that form the core of a tooth.
When outer layers are cracked, decayed or damaged, bacteria and food can penetrate into the pulpy inner layer. If an infection or inflammation occurs, the tooth and nearby tissues must be treated.
Rather than extracting the tooth, a root canal removes the infected or damaged pulpy core without sacrificing the entire tooth.
During the process, the inner core of the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The roots are packed with a permanent material called gutta-percha. This keeps contaminants from re-entering the tooth after treatment.
A temporary filling is placed to seal the tooth until the infection or underlying problems have been resolved. Finally, a crown is made to cap the tooth and provide structural support, protection and prevent repeat infection.
Will I Feel Pain During Root Canal Therapy?
You will be administered a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and the area around it. Once this takes effect, you should not feel pain during treatment. Most people compare the experience to having a filling.
After treatment, you may feel sensitivity in the area. This is often due to the underlying problem of an infection or inflammation. You may be given medication that treats the infection, reduces inflammation and relieves pain.
How Long Does Root Canal Treatment Take?
Root canals are usually performed in two or three visits. During the first visit, the dentist removes the affected pulp, cleans the cavity and fills the space. This visit may take between 30 and 90 minutes.
During the second visit, your dentist will examine the tooth to make sure the infection is gone. To complete the restoration of the tooth, a permanent filling or crown will be fitted. Fitting the crown may require additional visits.
Root Canal Treatment at Maudsland Dental Care
At Maudsland Dental Care, our dentists are experienced in both general dentistry and endodontic treatments. Intraoral cameras so you can see what we see, and lets us give a visual guide to any dental problems you may have and helps you understand the need for treatment.
Our team are family-oriented and experienced in caring for young children, adults and the elderly. If you are experiencing dental pain or discomfort, call 07 5580 0621 today for an evaluation.