Root canal treatment also known as root canal therapy or Endodontic treatment involves a treatment sequence of the infected pulp where the infection is eliminated and the tooth is protected from any future microbial infection.
A root canal therapy may sound scary but with today’s technology the entire treatment can be achieved completely pain – free. We also provide 24/7 post treatment care for any complications or concerns- so you can enjoy your hot coffee or your favourite ice creams with no worries.
Root canal is usually performed in 1 or 2 visits. Your dentist starts by numbing the area surrounding the tooth that requires the root canal treatment.
The dentist ( endodontist) drills through the tooth to access the pulp chamber and the root canals.
Very small instruments are used to clean the infected pulp and to shape the canals.
Once the root canal (canals) are shaped, a bio compatible material is placed with an adhesive cement. A temporary filling is placed at the opening.
The temporary filling is removed before final restoration. The final step involves a crown placement to restore the tooth’s full function. If the tooth lacks sufficient structure, then the placement of a post will be required.
Root canal is needed when the pulp tissue becomes inflamed or infected. This can be due to deep decay, cracked or chipped tooth or tooth injury. If left untreated the infection can cause pain leading to a periapical abscess. You may also experience. 1. Severe pain while chewing 2. Pimples on the gums 3. Chipped or cracked tooth 4. Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold food -even after the stimuli is removed 5. Swollen or tender gums
Root canal treatments can fail because of inappropriate cleaning of the root canals to remove the infected pulp tissue, previous infection of the treated root canal or the breakup of the sealant.
With modern techniques and anaesthetics most patients report being comfortable during the procedure. The first few days following the treatment – your tooth may feel sensitive. This discomfort is usually relieved with over the counter or prescription medications. However if you continue to experience pain, consult your dentist immediately.
Sometimes the tooth can become slightly discoloured following root canal treatment and develop intrinsic stains (tooth bleeds internally) and the inner part of the tooth turns yellow or black. The tooth can be whitened internally through non vital bleaching.