Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment is used to save teeth which otherwise need to be removed.
Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (called the ‘pulp’) is infected through decay or injury. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases your tooth could darken in colour, which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying). This would need root canal treatment.
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain, and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
The aim of the treatment is to remove all the infection from the root canal. The root canal system is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection.
Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to us. At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed and infection can be drained. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.
The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which Vard Dental will be happy to do for you. However, sometimes if we feel that there may be complication we may refer you to an endodontist, who is a specialist in this type of treatment.
As part of your dental examination we can determine and agree with you the right treatment for you. It is usual to crown a tooth after a root canal treatment as it provides extra protection to the tooth and the investment of treating the tooth.
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