A root canal treatment is performed to save a tooth when there is an infection that is affecting the nerve at its root. Not only can a root canal treatment protect your mouth from further damage, it can permanently eliminate the chronic, long-term pain you may have been experiencing because of the infection in your tooth.
A root canal treatment, also known as an endodontic treatment, is one of the most valuable, if one of the most misunderstood treatments that we offer at The Smile Shop. It has a bad reputation as being painful, but that reputation is no longer true.
Symptoms of Damaged Tooth Pulp
Symptoms of a damaged or diseased tooth pulp include:
- Hot and cold sensitivity.
- Pain when biting or chewing.
- Pain that occurs spontaneously, seemingly without a cause.
- Loose teeth.
- Swollen gums near the affected tooth.
- Oozing of pus surrounding the affected tooth.
Sometimes, a patient’s tooth pulp may become damaged or diseased without presenting any symptoms. In these cases, the problem is likely to be diagnosed by special tests or x-rays during a dental check-up or treatment for other dental concerns at The Smile Shop.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment typically requires a series of appointments. At the first appointment, you will be anesthetised so that Dr Levi can
- Painlessly drill a small hole through the top of the tooth.
- Remove the infected pulp tissue.
- Clean out the pulp chamber and the root canals.
- Sterilise the pulp chamber and root canals to remove all of the bacteria and infection products.
If Dr Levi uncovers an abscess, he may place a temporary seal on the tooth, provide you with antibiotics and schedule a follow-up appointment.
At the second appointment, Dr Levi uses small instruments to clean any remaining bacteria and widen the canals of the tooth. This is in preparation for the final stage of the root canal treatment.
At the third appointment, the canals are filled and blocked (obturated) with a plastic material and sealant cement.
If a dental examination indicates that a root canal treatment is called for, then it is important to have the tooth treated as soon as possible. An infection that is not treated will likely result in the formation of an abscess and the destruction of the underlying bone tissue, which may make it impossible to save the tooth. In addition, the infection from diseased tooth pulp can spread to the adjacent teeth and could result in blood poisoning, fever, facial and neck swelling and a general feeling of ill health.
If you would like to know more about root canal treatments, contact us today.