Root Canal|Milton Keynes
Root canal treatment is also called Endodontics and is needed when the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected through tooth decay or damaged by an injury to your mouth. Infection can spread through the root canal system, which can eventually lead to abscesses which can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. If the root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need a tooth extracted.
Treatment may be also necessary prior to dental crowns. Endodontics involve the removal of the pulp tissue of a tooth when it becomes inflamed or infected.
Debris within the canals are removed and the canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to being filled and sealed with a root filling. The tooth is then restored back to its normal shape with permanent composite fillings or dental crowns.
Root Canal | What are the benefits?
The root canal procedure is virtually painless as your dentist will administer local anaesthetic. Additionally, it is less painful than having your tooth extracted as only the infected pulp is removed and then the remaining tooth is disinfected and filled.
Root Canal | Suitable candidates
If you have been diagnosed with an infected tooth, the best option for treatment may be an endodontic treatment such as a root canal. Please ensure to get in contact immediately if you suspect you have an infected tooth as the faster we solve the problem, the smaller the chance of the infection affecting surrounding teeth.
Root Canal | What are the alternatives?
Another option that could be available to you if you need a root canal treatment is total extraction. This involves removing the whole tooth as opposed to just the infected or inflamed pulp. The tooth can then be replaced by a bridge, dental implant or partial dentures. However, as this would require two separate treatments, it will be more costly and will take longer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I eat after root canal?
Don't eat anything until the numbness wears off. Your tooth may continue to feel sdifferent from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. If you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact the dentist.
How long does it take to recover from root canal?
Usually very quickly a week or so at most. People tend to assume that a recently-treated tooth is going to take weeks or months to heal. Most people don't feel pain or notice any difference in how they feel 48 to 72 hours later, though sometimes it may take longer.
What does it feel like to have root canal treatment?
The root canal procedure itself is normally painless. A local aesthetic numbs the tooth and the surrounding area.