Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is a procedure required to tackle infections at the core of the tooth. The disease can be caused by a variety of problems, such as tooth decay or damage through injury.
Root canal treatment becomes necessary when the pulp tissue at the centre of the tooth is infected by bacteria and begins to die. Bacteria will continue to pass through the root canal, which can lead to swelling and severe pain. Here’s how the treatment works.
Typically, root canal treatment takes at least 2 appointments to complete. Initially, your dentist will take a series of X-rays to determine how far the tooth is damaged. In most cases, the procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic, although in some cases this isn’t necessary as the dental nerves have completed died.
The dentist will then proceed to open the tooth crown to remove any infected pulp at the centre of the tooth. The root canal is then enlarged to facilitate filling. That’s because root canals are usually not very large and hard to access. The enlargement stage is the longest part of treatment, and can take several visits to carry out fully.
Ultimately as the number of roots differ from tooth to tooth and patient to patient, this can have a big impact on the procedure’s duration. In the event where you need to come back, your dentist will disinfect the tooth and temporary seal it to prevent any pain in the meantime.
Once your tooth is fixed, your dentist may very well suggest getting a cap on top of it for protection. This is known as a dental crown, and comes in metal, porcelain or ceramic.
Root canal treatment is a complex dental procedure, which should be carried out by an experienced dentist. At Sensu, we specialise in root nerve therapy. Pop in today for a free consultation and we will assess your needs.