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Root Canal Also Known As Endodontic Treatment

So just what is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment (also known as ‘endodontics’) is required when the blood or nerve supply of a tooth (called pulp) is infected by decay or injury. You may not always feel pain in the early stages of the infection. Some times your tooth darkens in colour, which may indicate that the nerve of he tooth has died (or is dying).

Root canal treatment aims to remove the infection from the root canal system. We then clean, disinfect and fill the canals, to prevent further infection. At the first appointment the infected pulp tissue is removed, and any abscess is drained. This is done by making a hole through the tooth into the pulp chamber.

The entire root canal system is washed with disinfectant and an antibacterial dressing is put in place. At the next visit, assuming that the infection has cleared completely, the tooth is filled with a plastic material in the roots (gutta percha) and the hole in the tooth filled. A crown will then be placed to protect the remaining tooth structure.


Does root canal treatment hurt?

Not normally as we use a local anaesthetic and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling. Sometimes there may be some tenderness afterwards but this should gradually get less over time.

What does it involve?

The treatment removes the infection from the root canal. The root is cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.

Root canal treatment is a very skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

What if I don’t have the treatment root canal treatment?

Not having root canal treatment usually means that you will suffer pain and discomfort as the root normally becomes infected. This normally leads to the extraction of the tooth.

How do I care for my tooth afterwards?

Treat your crown just as you would your natural teethIt is important to keep the crown just as clean as you would your normal teeth.  Brush at least twice per day, ideally last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste. Clean in between your teeth with ‘interdental’ brushes or floss.

  • Don’t eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off, as you may bite your cheek.
  • Don’t chew or bite on the treated tooth until you’ve had it restored by GB Dental.
  • Brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
  • If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling, it’s not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. If you think the entire filling has come out, contact the dentist.
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