Root Canal Treatment Cork
Endodontics, also known as dental pulp treatment or root canal treatment, is a process necessary when the blood or nerves supply of a tooth’s dental pulp is infected, either through injury or decay.
Why Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
Root canal treatment is needed if the dental pulp becomes infected and spreads through the root canal system of the tooth, which can lead to swelling and an abscess. If a root canal treatment is not taken at this point, the infection will spread, which could lead to the tooth having to be taken out.
Does It Hurt?
It does not hurt. A local anaesthetic is used to remove feeling and it should feel the same as having a tooth drilled and filled.
What Does It Involve?
The root canal treatment is intended to remove any and all infected matter from the root canal. After this, The root is then cleaned and filled in order to avoid any further infection. It is a skilled procedure that takes a significant amount of time to complete. Therefore, most root canal treatment courses will involve at least two, and sometimes more treatments to your dentist. Your first appointment will see all infected pulp removed and abscesses drained. After this, the root canal is cleaned and shaped to allow for a filling to be added. A temporary filling is added while the tooth is settling. Later, the tooth will be checked and if there are no signs of reinfection, a permanent filling will be affixed.
What Will My Tooth Look Like After Treatment?
Previously, a tooth that had been filled as a result of a root canal treatment process would look darker after treatment. However, more modern techniques mean that this will be unlikely to happen. There are various treatments available to restore the natural colour of a tooth in the case of discolouration.
What If It Happens Again?
A root canal treatment can be repeated in the case of re-infection, however root canal treatments are usually very successful.
What If I Don't Have The Treatment?
The only real alternative to deal with an tooth with infected pulp is to remove it. Once the pulp is destroyed, it will not heal and leaving an infected tooth in your mouth risks the further spread of infection. Generally is is best to keep as many natural teeth in the mouth as possible so extraction is usually only done when absolutely necessary.
Will The Tooth Be Safe After Treatment?
The tooth will be safe after treatment in the same ways as any other filled tooth. For extra strength and support however, it is better to use a crown to restore the tooth.