Root Canal Treatment
Your teeth are made up of Enamel and Dentine. Both of these hard layers are designed in part, to protect the soft tissue inside your tooth called the Dental Pulp. The pulp is made up of nerves and blood vessels that nourish the tooth.
Why would I need Root Canal Treatment?
We provide Root Canal Treatment (Endodontic Treatment) so that you are able to preserve your natural tooth, where it would otherwise need to be removed.
Although we have excellent and well researched ways of replacing teeth, at TwentyOneDental we believe that it’s best to keep your natural teeth if at all possible.
Root Canal Treatment can become necessary if the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, or the nerves in the pulp die. This can often result in an abscess developing. The causes of such a situation can be manifold. Examples are:
- Deep Decay
- Deep Cracks or Fractures
- Trauma (a blow or knock to the tooth)
- Damaged, Cracked or Loose Fillings
- Occasionally Severe Gum Disease
How would I know if I need Root Canal Treatment?
One or more of the following could alert you to a possible problem:
- Sensitivity to Heat and/or Cold
- A Swelling or Lump around or near your tooth
- Tenderness of the gum around the tooth or tooth root
- Discoloration of the tooth
- Bad taste in the mouth
There may also be no Signs or Symptoms at all and we often find an abscess or infection on a routine X-Ray.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?
The process is usually painless as your tooth is anaesthetised. After treatment, your tooth may be tender or sensitive for a few days. This is normal and can be alleviated by taking over-the-counter painkillers such as Paracetamol and/or Ibuprofen. If the pain persists and is severe, or a swelling occurs and doesn’t subside, please Contact Us.
How is it done?
Firstly, we protect your mouth and throat with a material called Rubber Dam. This is placed over the tooth being treated and allows us to ensure clear vision, safety and disinfection of your tooth.
Then we make an opening in the top of your tooth to access the nerve chamber.
We use very fine, specially designed files that clean and shape the inside of the nerve chamber ready for filling. Infected debris is removed using an anti-bacterial solution.
When we are satisfied that your tooth is clean, shaped and disinfected, we fill up the chamber with a type of rubber called Gutta-Percha. This is entirely safe and blocks any further harmful bacteria getting in.
X-rays are taken during the procedure so that we can ensure treatment will be effective. We will also take follow up X-rays periodically, to check the infection has settled.
If you think you may have a situation that requires Root Canal Treatment, please Contact Us for a consultation.