Advances in dental treatment have helped root canal treatment a less stressful procedure and can often be completed in a single visit to the dentist.
Despite this, the term root canal can still send shivers down many people’s spines with many not knowing what to expect or what exactly the treatment entails. We have answered some common questions about root canal treatment in today’s post.
When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
Root canal treatment (referred to as endodontic treatment) is necessary when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. The pulp of your tooth contains nerves and blood vessels and is vital to keeping your tooth alive and healthy. The pulp in your tooth may become infected or inflamed for a number of reasons however the most common reasons are through trauma or severe decay.
If you need root canal treatment the procedure will normally involve the following steps:
Administration of a local anesthetic to relieve the pain. This numbs the tooth and surrounding area. People often think that root canal is a painful
procedure but when carried out correctly it is actually the opposite.
The dentist will then create a small opening in the surface of your tooth so they can access the pulp and remove any dying tissue.
The root is cleaned, disinfected and filled.
Depending on the severity of your decay you may need a crown fitted to restore the tooth.
What Are the Symptoms of a Root Canal Infection?
If you are experiencing a root canal infection it is very likely you will be aware of it! Symptoms can include:
Lingering pain after being subject to cold or hot foods.
Sharp intense pain in your tooth.
Pain after eating or biting.
Tenderness or swelling of the surrounding gum.
What Can You Expect After Getting Treatment?
After receiving root canal treatment your tooth may feel sensitive or tender for a few days. Over the counter painkillers will be able to help relieve this pain. If your symptoms continue you should contact your dentist.
Who Can Perform Root Canal Treatment?
All general dentists receive training in endodontic treatment and can perform the procedure based on their comfort level. If your root canal is more complicated you may need to be referred to an endodontist who has specialized training in endodontic treatment.
For more information about root canal treatment in Leicester or if you have toothache please contact the Smile & Implant Centre today to book yourself in for a check-up. You can now book appointments with us online, or over the phone: 0116 2541298