Root Canal Treatment
If you have a cavity or decayed tooth that is causing you severe pain, perhaps it may have gone beyond the point where simple fillings could do the job. In order to save the tooth, you may require a root canal treatment.
Root canal has a bad rap because people mistakenly associate it with extreme pain. The truth is that it is not that painful a procedure at all. With the local anaesthetic that is administered before the procedure, you should not feel any pain. After the anaesthetic wears off you may feel some minimal discomfort, but that can easily be managed by pain killers for 24-48 hours.
Root canal has a bad rap because people mistakenly associate it with extreme pain. The truth is that it is not that painful a procedure at all. With the local anaesthetic that is administered before the procedure, you should not feel any pain. After the anaesthetic wears off you may feel some minimal discomfort, but that can easily be managed by pain killers for 24-48 hours. Root canal treatment is suggested as the last resort to save a decayed tooth before extraction. Do not avoid the treatment because you are worried about the pain – a missing tooth can lead to more complications and unnecessary expenses later. Our friendly staff at Pickup Bagshaw Dental will go out of their way to put you at ease before, during, and after the procedure. If you have a decayed tooth that is troubling you, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can save it.
When is a root canal treatment needed?
Our dentists will ascertain whether you need root canal treatment or not with the help of dental x-rays that can reveal whether the pulp has become infected and damaged. When attacked by bacteria, the infected nerve will start dying, which then leads to the bacteria multiplying and spreading to other locations. For example, to the of the root, creating an abscess. If you notice any of the following symptoms, check with our dental team to determine if you need a root canal treatment to save your tooth or not.
- You feel pain when eating or drinking anything hot or cold
- You feel pain when you bite down or chew on food
- Pain that is keeping you awake at night
- Dull ache that doesn’t ease
- You have a loose tooth
When decay progresses to the nerve, you may stop feeling pain because the nerve has completely died. Do not mistake it for a good thing – this is a dangerous situation that needs to be treated urgently because while the tooth may appear to have healed, the infection has actually spread into the root canal system. If you neglect this, you might ultimately have pus oozing from the tooth or even facial swelling, and you will most likely end up losing the tooth.
How is the root canal treatment performed?
The most important step in a root canal treatment is to remove the infection. This is accomplished by removing the bacteria completely from the root canal system of the tooth so you can save your natural tooth structure. The dentist will drill into the tooth and remove the infected nerve. You will be given a local anaesthetic before the procedure, so don’t worry about any pain. After the infected nerve is completely removed, the tooth is sterilized thoroughly and a special material is used to fill the nerve canal. The tooth is finally sealed with a filling or a
crown. The inflamed tissues near the tooth will heal within a few days.
Avoid biting down on hard foods till the treatment is completed. The restored tooth may feel sensitive for a few days, but it will soon return to normal. If you are in pain immediately after the treatment, it can be managed by the painkillers that our dentist will prescribe. If you still feel pain after a few days, phone the surgery on 63314855 to organise a follow up appointment with the treating dentist. If you are worried about a loose or decayed tooth, get it checked immediately. Call us now and our friendly team will help you fix an appointment with our dentist at your earliest convenience.