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Root Canal (Endodontics)

Treat your infected teeth with Root Canals

What Are Root Canals?

Root canals (falls under the endodontic category) is a procedure that is used on teeth that are badly infected (to the pulp) and maybe needing an extraction, but in an attempt to save them, a root canal might be performed. A badly infected tooth will require the infection and decay to be cleared out, for the teeth to be saved.

How Does The Pulp Become Infected?

If tooth decay sets in (causing cavities), it can make its way to the pulp if left untreated.

How To Stop The Need For Having a Root Canal?

By attending regular check ups to the dentist, we will be able to examine your teeth and ensure any potential problems are picked up early, and treated before the need for a root canal. Any cavities that are picked up early will be easier to treat with fillings, rather than letting bacteria reach the pulp.

If you already have cavities but there is no pain as of yet, it is always recommended to don’t leave them till you start to feel sensitivity or pain, as these are all signs that bacteria are getting close to the nerve of the tooth.

Extractions Vs Root Canals

This does depend on how bad the tooth infection is, but as a rule of thumb, extractions are always our last resort, as nothing will ever compare to your natural teeth.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

The dentist will carefully remove all remnants of the bacteria from the tooth and roots. A solid filling will then be used to fill the whole pulp chamber and tooth to ensure no more bacteria can get in.

How Long Is The Procedure?

The length of time it takes to treat your tooth will depend on how complex/severe your case is. Some of the factors involve:

  • Where the tooth is
  • How many teeth are being treated
  • How many affected roots to be treated
  • If the roots are curved

We will be able to give you a more accurate idea of treatment time once we have seen you for a free consultation.

Is The Procedure Painful?

The treatment area will be carefully numbed before we proceed with the root canal. However, because of the nature of the procedure (treating the nerve), there will be some slight discomfort. We will always go at a slow pace to ensure that any discomfort is left to a minimum.

If you are a nervous patient and would prefer to have sedation with the treatment, we are able to offer this too.

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