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What is a root canal?
Teeth are held in the jaw by their roots. Front teeth normally have one root, but teeth further back have more.
At the core of each tooth is a soft mass of tissue called the pulp. In a healthy tooth, the pulp contains living fibres, cells, nerves and a blood supply, extending into the root(s) through the root canal(s).
Decay or injury can destroy the living pulp. Because dead pulp lacks a blood supply, it is more prone to infection, leading to an abscess and toothache.
Root canal treatment means the removing damaged or dead pulp and filling the space left. The remaining tooth can then be repaired.
Why do I need root canal treatment?
The tooth will not be able to heal its self. Without treatment, the infection will spread, bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate.
Pain usually worsens until one is forced to seek dental treatment. The only alternative is usually for the tooth to be extracted.
Though the removal of the tooth is cheaper, the space left behind may require a denture, a bridge or an implant which can be more expensive that the root canal treatment.
If you have the choice, it’s always best to keep your own teeth.
What will my dentist do?
The steps involved in root canal treatment are explained below:
- An X-ray can show the number and shape of the tooth canals, and also signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Teeth can have a number of roots and some roots are easier to fill than others, because of their shape.
- To keep root canal dry during treatment the dentist may stretch a sheet of thin rubber around the tooth, on a frame outside the mouth, this is called “rubber dam”.
- Having this fitted makes the treatment more comfortable. You will be given a local anaesthetic and then an opening is made through the top of the tooth, down into the pulp.
- The dentist then uses narrow files to remove the dead pulp from the core of the tooth and from the root canals(s). At this point, the dentist may put in a temporary filling .You may also be given antibiotics if any infection has spreads beyond the tooth. If so, you will have to return for another appointment this will give the infection time to settle.
- In the next stage, the dentist fills the root canal(s). A filling is then placed in the remaining cavity in the top of the tooth. Or, if necessary, a crown can be placed on the top of the tooth, supported by a post placed inside of the filled root canal.
What are the risks and complications?
Root canal treatment has about 60% success rate. Sometimes a case needs to be redone due to diseased canal off shoots that went unnoticed or the fracturing of a canal-filling instrument used, both of which rarely occur.
Occasionally, a root canal treatment will fail altogether, marked by a return if pain.
What are the benefits?
Pulp damage can cause toothache but the pain will usually end very quickly when the root canal is cleaned out.
Without a root filling, a tooth with a dead pulp would probably have to be taken out in the end. There is also possibility of infection spreading beyond the tooth itself.
What happens after treatment?
Natural tissue inflammation may cause discomfort for a few days. A follow up review can monitor tissue healing.
From this point on, brush and floss regularly, avoid chewing hard foods on the treated tooth and see you dentist regularly.
Root canal treatment patient review via Google Business
“I had some traumatic dental procedures when in my teens and early twenties which meant I had an aversion to going to the dentist, so I didn’t for some years. I then developed a nasty abscess and had to bite the bullet (pun intended!) so I went to Markhams as it is literally a 5 minute walk from where I live.
Dr Kamran was the dentist I saw. He is a lovely gentleman who put me totally at ease and explained the medication I would need and then the various procedures thereafter in order to fix my much neglected teeth.
I was somewhat apprehensive as the treatment would include root canal surgery, which for someone with a fear of dentists was something I was not looking forward to! However, Dr Kamran performed the procedure and put my mind at rest by explained everything in detail and his ‘bed side manner’ is excellent.
He has since done various other procedures including fitting crowns etc and I now have absolutely no fear of going to the dentist. His whole team are great. The receptionist, the hygienist, they are all so very friendly and professional.
All my hesitation and apprehension about going to the surgery has disappeared. A very well run surgery which I would not hesitate to recommend to others.
I would not go anywhere else. Keep up the good work!”