Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment involves drilling a hole into a decayed tooth and removing the soft centre, known as the dental pulp, made up of connective tissue, nerves and blood supply, and extends into the roots of the tooth.
When teeth may have become infected or damaged by severe decay many people find they need a root canal treatment particularly when painful symptoms arise.
.A root canal treatment can save a badly infected or damaged tooth.
The tooth may have become infected or damaged by decay most people find they need a root canal when the painful symptoms arise.
When the dental pulp is damaged, bacteria can start to multiply inside the tooth. This can lead to an infection or abscess, which is a pocket of pus that forms at the end of the tooth’s root.
Signs You may need a root canal treatment?
Sometimes there are no symptoms that a tooth needs root canal therapy. (particularly if the nerve is completely dead) However common signs include:
- severe toothache when chewing
- sensitivity to hot or cold that lasts after the heat or cold has been removed
- darkening of the tooth
- swollen and tender gums
- a persistent pimple on the gums or a hole in the tooth
- swelling of the face or neck
What happens during a root canal treatment?
A Root canal treatment typically takes several appointments. This allows the body time to ensure the medication the dentist places inside the canal has healed the infection sufficiently before the permanent filling or crown is placed.
First, we x-ray the tooth to see the shape of the root canals and determine whether there is any infection in the bone around the tooth.
Then the area around the tooth is numbed before drilling a hole in the tooth to remove the pulp. After removal a medicine is placed inside the canal and a temporary filling is closed over the top.
Finally the area of the tooth where the nerve used too be is filled with Gutter-Percha a permanent material. Then the tooth is closed over with a filling or crown if needed.
It is no secret that a root canal treatment is one of the more expensive services in dental. Especially if the treated tooth requires a crown, both treatments together can really add up.
However, rest assured we price our services as competitively as possible and if you qualify our discounts apply on these procedures.
Saving a tooth by having a root canal treatment can often save you money in the long run. The cost of replacing the tooth via Implants or bridges and even dentures is cheaper comparatively speaking over time.
If you have any questions or need help deciding what is best for you one of our friendly staff is always here to help.