What is a Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal treatment is a simple term for endodontic therapy. This treatment is required when the nerve in the tooth becomes irreversibly damaged or infected. This damage is a result of combined injuries that occur over the life of the tooth and can stem from decay, trauma or damaged restorations. Root canal therapy involves the removal of the entire nerve throughout the root canal, after which the canal system is cleaned and shaped. It is then filled with a root canal filling and a dental sealer.
Will Root Canal treatment hurt?
With modern techniques and varied local anaesthetic solutions, you will feel no sensation in the tooth during the treatment. For several days afterwards, It is normal for your tooth to be sensitive when biting. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications such as Ibuprofen in order to control normal post-treatment discomfort.
Will it hurt afterward?
In most cases, the inflammation will subside dramatically within the first two days. You may experience mild discomfort to a pressure that could last for several days after treatment. Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory analgesics such as ibuprofen will relieve this discomfort. The most common predictor of post-treatment pain is pre-treatment pain. If your tooth is already painful, the root canal procedure will remove the infection and allow healing to begin. During the first week after the treatment, we will prescribe pain relief as necessary that should enable you to start healing pain-free.
Should I have Root Canal Therapy or an Extraction?
The main benefit of root canal therapy is that you are able keep your tooth, saving time and the need for further dental work, in the way of replacement teeth. Extraction of teeth can lead to additional dental problems like drifting of teeth and bite problems. This can sometimes involve treatment of adjacent teeth that do not otherwise need dental treatment in order to restore the missing tooth. No matter how effective modern tooth replacements are, there is a lot to be said for saving your own tooth.
How do I look after my Root Canal after the treatment?
Your root canal treatment should be treated just like your other teeth after the treatment. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, combined with regular visits to our hygienist.