Root canal treatments are an important part of a dentist’s repertoire as they allow them to save an infected, painful and decayed tooth from extraction. Instead of pulling the tooth out, the root canal procedure involves removing the inner parts of the tooth – including the nerve and pulp – and cleaning it out. This is all done under local anaesthetic to ensure you feel no pain.
What causes infected teeth?
There are a number of reasons for tooth infections, but most commonly, they’re caused by tooth decay, damage to the tooth or gum disease. If left untreated, an infection can be painful and lead to an abscess. A root canal cleans out the bacteria causing the infection and allows the tooth to be kept.
What is the treatment process?
To complete the root canal treatment, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anaesthetic. Some drilling is usually required to access the interior of the tooth, and the infected material is carefully removed. The root canals are then cleaned and filled. Depending on the type of tooth, this may need to be done over more than one appointment.
Finally, the tooth finished with a dental filling or crown.
People often find the thought of a root canal scary, but it’s important to remember that the procedure is done under local anaesthetic, will prevent further pain in future and ensures you don’t develop an abscess or more serious health issue.
Don’t put off getting the treatment you need – get in touch. We have lots of experience with nervous or anxious patients.