DO YOU HAVE A TOOTHACHE OR SWOLLEN GUM?
STAR DENTISTRY CAN HELP YOU OUT!
Argh! The phrase "Root Canal" is often met with fear of pain. Luckily this is not the case at STAR dentistry!
Root canal treatment is the procedure needed to remove the pain of a dying or abscessed tooth, and with new techniques in anaesthesia, the procedure is painless. So much so that patients often fall asleep!
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of the tooth has been exposed or irreversibly damaged, usually through decay, fracture or a very deep filling. Tooth decay is unfortunately often not painful until it has reached the nerve, so it goes undetected. When it finally reaches the pulp of the tooth (where the nerves lie) a continuous pain is usually felt, often severe and throbbing. A common symptom is not being able to sleep at night. At this point the tooth has only two options, extraction to remove, or root canal treatment to save the tooth.
Is root canal painful?
Unlike what most people think, root canal treatment itself is not painful at all, it just takes a bit of time to complete. The internal chamber of the tooth has canals like drainpipes running through the roots. These are accessed, cleaned, shaped and sealed to remove any bacteria and prevent any reinfection.
Does root canal treatment work?
Root canal therapy is a very successful treatment, and is even more successful the earlier it is started, so if you are in pain, please get in touch ASAP. If the tooth is left to rot and become abscessed, it is much more difficult to create a clean environment without bacteria.
I have heard that root canal treated teeth break?
When a tooth dies, it becomes very brittle, as there is no longer any life or nutrients in the tooth. Very similar to a tree, when it is alive, you can climb it, but after it dies the branches will break. Root canal treatment can treat the inside of the tooth and prevent infection underneath, but the tooth itself needs strength. After a root canal treatment, a crown is necessary to add strength, seal and protect the tooth, so that it can be used to eat with normal function. Just like wearing a bike helmet on your head!