Root Canal Therapy at Somerset Dental Care
What is root canal treatment?
Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal treatment, fixes problems in the tooth’s soft core, or dental pulp. Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulp had to be extracted. Today, root canal treatment can save teeth with compromised or even dead pulp.
What is the dental pulp?
The dental pulp lies within the tooth and extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root. Its soft tissue contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.
What causes dental pulp disease?
The most common cause of dental pulp disease is a crack or a deep cavity in the tooth. Bacteria can get inside the tooth through these cracks or cavities causing the dental pulp to become infected. Pus from the infection often builds up at the root tip of the tooth forming a ‘pus-pocket’, or an abscess, inside the jawbone. If an abscess is left untreated, it can damage the jaw and cause serious complications such as septicaemia.
What does treatment involve?
Treatment can require up to three appointments. During treatment, we remove the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canals of the tooth are cleaned and filled. Sometimes, if there are many roots to the tooth, we might refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Determining if you need a root canal requires a dental examination. Signs may include
persistent tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling, discolouration, gum abscess, or a
loose tooth. Professional evaluation is essential for an accurate diagnosis.
Root canal procedures are designed to be as comfortable as possible. Your dentist or endodontist will administer local anaesthesia to numb the area, ensuring minimal pain during the procedure. While you may feel some pressure or vibrations, the focus is on relieving your pain and promoting healing. After the procedure, you might experience temporary soreness or sensitivity, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Remember, the main goal of a root canal is to help you find relief and restore your dental health.
If an infected tooth is left untreated, it can lead to complications. The infection may form an abscess, causing pain and swelling. It can also spread to other areas, potentially causing systemic infections. Nearby teeth can be affected, leading to decay or damage. Bone loss, tooth loss, chronic pain, and discomfort may occur. Moreover, untreated infections can impact overall health, contributing to various systemic issues. Seeking prompt dental care is crucial to preventing these complications.