What is a root canal treatment?
This is a simple treatment that can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
Why is root canal treatment needed?
It is needed, if the pulp (nerves and blood supply ‘chamber’) becomes infected. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. If such a tooth is left untreated for a long time it may not be possible to save the tooth anymore and it will have to be extracted.
Does it hurt?
No. A local anaesthetic ensures that it is completely painless, and it should feel no different to having a filling done.
How is a root canal performed?
This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned using special tools . After the bacteria has been removed, the root canals are hermetically filled in using special root canal filling material. Then the tooth itself is restored .
During the whole treatment process a few dental radiographs are made. Our dentists also use an electronic apex locator to determine the exact length of the root canal that ensures the safety and effectiveness of the root canal treatment.
What happens after treatment?
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully.
What if it happens again?
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.
What if I don’t have the treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.