A root treatment is a procedure which can repair an infected tooth canal. During the procedure, the inner material of the tooth is removed to eradicate infection and replaced using a filling or crown. An infected root canal can inflict a great extent of pain when ignored or untreated. Despite the common misconception, the root canal treatment is, in fact, painless, where the infected tooth itself can inflict the pain. Through the use of anaesthetic, the tooth and surrounding area are numbed to eliminate pain.
Commonly Asked Questions
When is root treatment required?
Root canal treatment is only required when `X-rays portray damage to the root.
In cases where bacteria penetrate the tooth, this can result in an infection. When the bacteria aren’t treated this can cause the pulp to die and so causing the bacteria to duplicate and spread.
Symptoms of infection include:
Pain when eating or drinking
Pain when chewing
If you detect toothache, it’s important to consult your dentist as root infections cannot heal themselves. In fact, by leaving or ignoring the pain you could instead worsen the infection and result in a painful abscess. Remedies such as antibiotics cannot treat root canals like other bacterial infections.
What does root treatment consist of?
Firstly, the infection must be sourced and dealt with. In order to treat the infection, the bacteria must be removed which is either carried out through tooth extraction or root treatment. Ideally, you want to retain as many natural teeth as possible and root canal treatment enables this by omitting the need for extraction.
The tooth is opened through the crown in order to reveal the soft pulp. This tissue within the centre of the tooth must be removed in order to eliminate the infection. Any evidence of abscess will be dealt with simultaneously by your dentist.
After removing the bacteria from the root canal, a filling or crown is used to fill the opening. By filling the opening, this prevents any case of further infection. Due to the complex nature of root treatment, procedures may be spaced over a number of days to enable precision. Generally, any inflamed area will heal with 90% of treatments resulting in success.
How will my tooth look after treatment?
Historically, root canal treatment would result in a darkened appearance of the tooth though modern advancements have greatly reduced the likelihood. If any discoloration is experienced, there are a wealth of treatments to restore a natural tooth colouring. Generally, root canal treatments last for at least 10 years, though if an infection does return the treatment can often be repeated.
How do I care for my teeth post treatment?
A general oral health routine can ensure your teeth remain in good condition. Using fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day whilst flossing can reduce bacteria whilst reducing intake of sugary food and drink can prevent decay.
Our team at Glasgow Dentists are highly trained professionals who are here to ensure that dental procedures are carried out with ease. Our high-quality services help to ensure that your teeth are picture perfect forever. Do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any questions or would like any further information.