General Dentistry » Root Canal Treatment
A smile is an extremely potent tool to enhance your personality and make you the charming centre of attraction amidst a group of people, but dental anomalies can restrict you from being so.
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a commonly performed dental procedure that comes into play when the pulp of your tooth becomes infected by the invasion of microbes due to tooth decay. It aims to get rid of your root canal infection and decay and also protect it from any further damage or infection in the future.
Another contributor to the damage of tooth pulp is trauma to the mouth.
You may wonder what's a root canal or a tooth pulp in the first place?
A root canal is an anatomic space within the root of your tooth.The tooth pulp is a term that involves root canals and their associated pulp chambers, which are inhabited by nerves, vessels, and other cellular entities.
Any infection can spread extensively in the root canal, leading to abscess formation, which will cause great discomfort and pain to the patient. Hence, the early diagnosis of infection and its removal root canal treatment should be done.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment/Endodontic therapy is a dental procedure that involves the removal of infected dental pulp or the injured tooth and subsequent creation of an access cavity by the use of a dental handpiece.
It is followed by the decontamination of the cavity with the help of small files and an irritating solution.
Ultimately the clear and infection-free cavity is filled with the root canal filling material, and a crown may be placed over it for protection.
When do you need root canal treatment?
There are a lot of symptoms that will urge the need to visit a dentist and get the root canal done.
An infected root canal will cause immense pain while chewing, touching, or even speaking.
If an abscess has formed, you will experience the worst kind of pain, and it will hinder your day-to-day activities.
Also, you may develop constitutional symptoms like fever with chills and malaise.
The infected tooth will be swollen, hyperemic, or there may be pus oozing out from the surface. It will also obstruct your oral cavity movements. Eventually, you may even develop a swelling over your face.
So, if you have any such root canal symptoms, then you should consider visiting us and letting us resolve these troubles for you.
What is the root canal treatment procedure?
The root canal treatment steps are mentioned here.
- Diagnosis and Preparation- Correct diagnosis of the extent of disease plays a pivotal role in deciding the further course of treatment.
Say, for example, If your tooth is irreversibly inflamed, a condition known as irreversible pulpitis, it will require complete extraction of the tooth. Hence, it is important to make the correct diagnosis to help in differentiating whether you need a root canal or extraction treatment.
Our endodontist will take a detailed history and a number of clinical diagnostic tests and radiological studies. They will give you local anaesthesia, and their skills won't let you feel root canal is any different from a simple filling being replaced.
- Making an Opening in The Tooth- Dental drills attached with dental burs are used to drill through the enamel and dentine, and a hollow access cavity is prepared.
A rubber dam is used to isolate the tooth from surrounding structures at the time of root canal surgery to prevent the spread of infection and create an aseptic field.
- Removing the Dental Pulp Tissue- Our professional dentist will then carefully and adequately remove all the pulp tissue or the infected tissue preserving as much as healthy tooth as possible. Multiple techniques are employed to remove the pulp, depending on the condition of the tooth.
- Irrigating the Root Canal- This is the most critical step of root canal treatment as it removes all the infection from the tooth by killing the microbes with the help of chemical irrigants such as Sodium hypochlorite (0.5% - 5.25%), chlorhexidine gluconate (2%), ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) (17%), etc.
Irrigation can be manual by use of a syringe, and a side vented needle, or it can be machine-assisted using sonics and ultrasonics.
- Filling the Root Canal- The next step is to fill the cleaned and disinfected root canal. If you think what is root canal filling made of? Well, the standard filling material used is known as gutta-percha, which is a natural latex polymer prepared from the percha tree. Sometimes, your root canal may be filled with a temporary filling of calcium hydroxide paste to sterilise the site completely and let the tooth settle.
- Final Restoration of the Root Canal- This step aims at protecting the tooth which has undergone root canal from any further damage by the placement of a filling or a crown over it. This also prevents post-op fractures as most of the material is removed, so a tooth becomes fragile and may be fractured while chewing, which is one of the root canal complications.
How long does a root canal treatment take?
The time taken will depend on the condition of the tooth and the number of canals involved. Typically a single tooth may have more than one canal. On an average, it takes about 2 to 4 hours to get a root canal completed.
Sometimes, our dentist will fill your teeth with a temporary filling to let it settle and then later will perform subsequent steps to ensure complete restoration.
Is the root canal a painful process?
A persistent question coming up in your mind must be, "Does root canal hurt?"
A lot of people are apprehensive about the root canal pain, but as a matter of fact, root canal treatment in itself is a painless procedure. The culprit of pain is the infected tooth pulp. Due to infection, or abscess formation, the root canal becomes very tender, and any manipulation will lead to excruciating pain for the patient. Our dentist will perform the procedure under local anaesthesia to nullify the effect of any pain and let you feel comfortable.
Post-operative pain- You may experience throbbing pain after the effect of anaesthesia fades off. However, our team will take your utmost care and provide you with post-op analgesics and NSAIDs to relieve the pain.
What is the postoperative prognosis of root canal treated teeth?
There are certain risks to your root canal treated tooth; hence you must take adequate care of it. Root canal recovery time will also vary according to the procedure done. Here are a few points to consider after you get a root canal done
- Avoid chewing any hard material for a few days after root canal treatment.
- You may have some pain after root canal, so stay compliant towards the medications prescribed. Pain after a root canal is one of the most common root canal treatment side effects.
- Restoration of the function of the endodontically treated tooth is a very important aspect of the therapy rather than superficial healing alone. So stay calm and let the process be completed for effective results.
- Maintenance of oral hygiene should be your primary concern.
- If there is any complication like persistence of symptoms after the root canal procedure do visit us to take care of this matter and re-treatment may be required for a failed root canal.
- If there is tooth pain months after root canal treatment has been completed , it can be a sign of secondary infection or root canal failure and requires further treatment.
How much does a root canal treatment cost in the UK?
If you are searching for the a root canal treatment in then Conway House welcomes you.The cost of root canal treatment you'll have at Conway House is from £300.00.
To keep your mouth healthy and in good shape, we promote healthy oral habits and regular workup with us. As a highly professional and skilled team of dentists, our services aim not just towards treatment but prevention of any dental trouble that may hamper your day-to-day activities.
We assure the best prices and high-quality treatment with the use of the latest equipment.
So, if you want a happy smile, allow us to serve you by paying a visit to us at High Wycombe.