Root Canal Treatment
Do you have pain to hot or cold things?
Do you have pain while chewing or biting?
Do you have swollen gums or a pimple on your gums?
Does your tooth appear discoloured?
Do you have a chipped or cracked tooth?
At DentalSpecialists@Scotts, we can help solve these dental conditions painlessly and effectively with root canal treatment (also known as endodontic treatment). You will be back to beaming and eating with ease in a blink.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal or other endodontic treatment is a procedure to relieve pain and save the tooth. The inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth (root canal system) is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a sealer and rubber-like material called gutta-percha. The tooth is subsequently restored with a crown or filling and will continue to function like any other tooth.
What happens during Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment can often be completed in one or two visits and involves the following steps:
- Our triple-board certified Endodontist will do a comprehensive clinical and radiographic examination and diagnosis.
- After local anaesthesia is administered to numb the tooth, a small rubber sheet called a “dental dam” will be placed over the area to isolate the tooth and keep it clean and free of saliva during the procedure.
- An opening will then be made in the crown of the tooth and very fine instruments will be used to clean and shape the root canal system.
- Once the cleaning and shaping is complete, the root canals will be filled and sealed with a sealer and rubber-like material called gutta-percha.
- The tooth will then be restored with a filling. A crown is usually required and arrangements will be made for it to be done.
Is Root Canal Treatment painful?
With advanced techniques and anaesthetics, the large majority of patients find the treatment comfortable. For the first few days after the procedure, the tooth may feel sensitive, particularly if there was pain or infection before the treatment. Over-the-counter medications, such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, are often sufficient to manage this sensitivity. The tooth may continue to feel slightly different from the other teeth for a period of time after the endodontic treatment is completed. However, if you experience acute pain or swelling, please contact us immediately.
Can I exercise, go to school or work after getting a Root Canal Treatment?
Although the tooth and part of the mouth will likely be numb for 2-4 hours following the procedure, almost all patients are able to perform their daily activities, exercise, return to school or work directly following a root canal treatment. However, it is advisable not to eat until the numbness has completely worn off.
Is Root Canal Treatment safe?
Root canal treatment is a safe procedure performed on millions of people annually. Despite misinformation circulating on the Internet or elsewhere that may cause patients to question the safety of endodontics, there is no valid, scientific evidence linking root canal treatment to any health conditions. Advancements in modern dentistry have instead made endodontic treatment predictable, effective and successful.
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