If a tooth is badly infected, your dentist may recommend that a root canal treatment is performed as an alternative to removing the tooth altogether. Serious infections are when the pulp inside a tooth has become infected with bacteria resulting from an untreated cavity, injury or a crack in the tooth.
Generally speaking, where possible, a root canal is preferable to tooth extraction as it allows the natural tooth to stay in place. Unfortunately, in some cases, the tooth may be too damaged to save and therefore it would be necessary to have the tooth extracted, followed by a dental implant or bridge to replace it.
Despite the infamy surrounding root canals, they are a safe and common procedure and a relatively painless way of treating an infected tooth.
Getting a Root Canal Treatment
The Dental team at Keith Nelson Associates are experienced root canal dentists so we understand how to perform the procedures effectively, efficiently and safely. As with all dental procedures, pain management is an important part of the treatment for root canal procedures. Before we begin your root canal procedure we will apply anaesthetic to the teeth, gums and surrounding skin to numb the entire area.
During a root canal, our Dentist will remove bacteria and the damaged nerve and pulp from inside the tooth. Once all of the damaged and infected material has been removed the chamber will be thoroughly cleaned and dried to reduce the risk of any further infection occurring. The next step is to fill the tooth chamber and seal it. In some cases a crown may be necessary for the top of the tooth so a temporary filling will be applied until the permanent crown is ready. The permanent dental crown will then be fitted at a subsequent appointment.
Your mouth is likely to stay numb for a couple of hours following your appointment as you would have had a local anaesthetic to avoid any pain during the procedure so be careful around the mouth. For your safety we advise you avoid eating until the numbness has worn off. You may experience some sensitivity or mild pain around the area but this should not last longer than a few days and is generally eased (if needed) with Paracetamol or Nurofen.
As with all dental hygiene problems having a good oral health routine is essential. Regular dental examinations, dental hygiene appointments, along with great oral hygiene health practices at home are important in helping in preventing tooth decay and major dental issues like root canals.
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