Root Canal Therapy (also called Endodontic Treatment) is aimed at saving a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, injury or disease. It is aimed at being an alternative to removing the tooth.
In order to save the tooth. The pulp (living tissue inside the tooth), nerves and bacteria are removed and the canals of the tooth are cleaned and reshaped, then finally filled to restore the tooth.
In the first appointment: When the tooth is numb , a series of small files are used to remove the pulp and infection, cleaning out all bacteria. a medication is then placed inside the tooth and left for a minimum of a week to assist in healing and disinfecting.
At the second appointment: The medication is removed and the canals of the tooth are further cleaned and disinfected. they are also shaped and then sealed with a permanent filling material. a final filling is then placed on top to seal the tooth.
After a root canal procedure, it is highly recommended that the tooth is crowned (capped). This is to ensure the integrity of the tooth and to achieve maximum longevity. The crown is recommended as soon as possible after a root canal due to the tooth becoming brittle and susceptible to fracturing after the removal of the blood supply (pulp). The crown also assists in the prevention of reinfection and is referred to as “The completion of Root Canal Treatment”.
After a root canal appointment, there may be some discomfort for a couple of days, but will subside over time.
Care instructions will be given after each appointment and goo hygiene practice and regular dental checkups will assist in the life of your root canal treatment.