This is procedure dentists use to extract the pulp – the soft centre of the tooth. The tooth needs the pulp to grow as it contains blood vessels, connective tissues and nerves.
A root canal is done in most cases by an endodontist or general dentist after putting the patient under local anaesthesia.
This article aims to tell you about this dental procedure and the associated risks.Book an Appointment 020 7139 8611
An inflammation, infection or injury on the pulp will require it to be removed via a root canal treatment.
Note that a tooth pulp may be dead yet the tooth crown (part of teeth above the gums) won’t look disturbed. An effective method of keeping the tooth structure intact is by extracting a defective pulp.Book an Appointment 020 7139 8611
In different common ways, a tooth pulp can be hurt. They include:
The common symptoms are tooth pain, swelling, and a burning sensation in the gums.
A physical examination of the damaged tooth will be done. In addition, the dentist will perform an x-ray to confirm the damage. Should your case require a root canal, you may be referred to an endodontist.
This treatment is performed in the office of your dentist. When you reach your dentist’s, you will be taken to a treatment room by a technician. You will be asked to sit on a chair and place a bib around your neck to keep stains away.
The procedure begins in the following steps:
Your dentist may recommend over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen to treat soreness of teeth and gums and swelling after the numbness has faded. Where pain is severe or persistent, contact your dentist.
You may get back to normal activities the same day after treatment. Don’t chew anything until the temporary filling has been replaced with a permanent one.
After treatment with dental X-rays, follow-up visits will ensue to ensure the infection has disappeared and replace the temporary filling.
Depending on what you want, restoration like crowns may be used to cover the tooth.
Several weeks may pass while you recover; this is normal.
If you are not sure of a root canal, ask your dentist for an extraction. The removed tooth will be replaced with an implant, bridge or partial denture.
A root canal can help people regain the use of their teeth. Many patients have long-lasting positive results after treatment. Personal dental care determines how long your result will last. So, take care of your restored tooth.