Root Canal Treatment
When would a tooth need root canal treatment?
The most common reason is when there is decay in a tooth that has reached the nerve.
The bacteria from the decay travels to the nerve and causes an infection which can result in pain or an abscess.
Signs of a nerve infection:
- Throbbing pain
- Hot/cold sensitivity
- Pain on biting
Sometimes, there is no pain but we can see an infection on an xray. It is essential to treat these silent infections. Otherwise it may become worse and could eventually cause a lot of pain or tooth loss. The infection could also spread and become a serious medical emergency.
Root canal therapy is carried out to remove the infection and reduce/eliminate pain from the tooth.
How many appointments will it take?
Depending on the severity of an infection, root canal therapy is usually completed in 2-3 sessions.
What will a root canal appointment be like?
Once we have confirmed that root canal therapy is required, we will numb the tooth to ensure you do not feel any discomfort during your appointment.
We will the place a “raincoat” or rubber dam around the tooth to keep the tooth clean as we remove the decay and infection.
As with all of our appointments, you can select a TV show or something on Netflix to watch while we fix your tooth.
It is the most common procedure where people will fall asleep!
What do I need to do to help keep my root canal treated tooth for longer?
We may recommend the tooth be treated with a crown after root canal therapy. It has been proven in studies that unless we seal the tooth and protect with a crown, the success of the root canal will be reduced significantly. The tooth is also susceptible to fracture without a crown.