A root canal, otherwise known as endodontics, is a procedure used to save decayed and infected teeth.
A root canal is always the favourable option, if the tooth has the possibility of being saved – it is always better to attempt to restore your natural teeth. Root canal treatment is generally also a cheaper option to extraction, an implant or bridge.
Sometimes when a tooth begins to decay, bacteria and debris builds up and can result in infection in the space within the tooth, which is otherwise known as the root canal. A root canal is not a complex procedure. It involves our dentist removing the pulp and nerve from inside the tooth in question, then seal it. Contrary to what you might think, removing the nerve is not a danger to you and the function of your tooth will not be affected by this.
Firstly, your dentist here at Cornerhouse will take an X-ray to identify where the infection is located and whether it has spread anywhere other than your tooth. Once the area of infection has been identified, your dentist can administer an anaesthetic to numb the area and the procedure will be painless.
In order to keep the area dry and free of saliva when performing the treatment, your dentist will place a block made of cotton or rubber around your tooth. A small hole will be drilled through your tooth so that the pulp can be removed and your dentist will make sure that the decayed debris is removed.
When it is time for the tooth to be sealed, your dentist will fill the inside with some sealer paste as well as a compound called ‘gutta percha’. A filling will be placed over the small access hole, originally drilled by your dentist.
What to expect after a root canal
It is likely that you will feel some tenderness around the area because your body will be naturally healing. It is also likely that you will experience some jaw pain also. Over-the-counter medication can usually keep these pains at bay though if your pain is severe, you may be prescribed some narcotic medication.
Do not leave the infection untreated, as this can cause irreversible circumstances. Leaving an infection untreated can also be the source of a lot of pain.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Cornerhouse.