What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed. The pulp can be infected or inflamed due to either deep decay or an extensive restoration that involves the pulp, cracked or fractured tooth due to trauma, excessive wear of enamel and dentine exposing the pulp, and sometimes as a result of severe gum disease.
How will I know if I need root canal treatment?
Signs of pulp damage may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of the overlying gums or a bad taste in the mouth. On the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone.
What’s the alternative to Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have been extracted.
Will the Root Canal Treatment be painful?
Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. This discomfort can be relieved by taking mild analgesics or painkillers available over the counter at the pharmacy. However, if the pain persists and is severe, or a swelling occurs, you should contact your dentist.
Can my dentist do the Root Canal Treatment or will I be referred?
A dentist is well trained to provide root canal treatments. Root canal anatomy varies in every tooth so a certain level of expertise is required to get a good result . If your dentist feels that they cannot achieve the most predictable long-term outcome, they may refer you to an Endodontist for the root canal treatment.