How many people know what root canal treatment is, why for some patients it might become a necessity, and what are the consequences of not having the procedure?
Why is root canal treatment needed?
Infection or injury to your teeth can cause abscesses to form which block your root canal. This causes a problem as this blocks the nerve path to your teeth. It can be difficult to detect as there may be no pain in the early stages of infection. Yet, later on, it can cause your tooth to darken in colour, which means the nerve of your tooth is dying. In this case, root canal treatment will be needed.
What does root canal treatment entail?
Root canal is a delicate procedure where abscesses that may have formed as a result of infection will be drained and removed, then the infected root canal will be deeply cleaned. After this, the root canal will be blocked to prevent further infection from occurring. This treatment may take place over two appointments because it is a complex procedure. Once completed and there is no longer any infection, a permanent filling is applied.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
This is a complicated procedure, and anaesthetic is offered to dull any pain you might otherwise experience. There will likely be some tenderness once the anaesthetic wears off, but this is to be expected for only a few days afterwards.
What happens if I refuse root canal treatment?
In this case, the infected tooth would need to be removed. It is advised that you keep as many natural teeth as possible, as they protect your gums. Root canal is a safer option in restoring your teeth while clearing any infection orally.
Can infection recur after root-canal?
Root canal is a highly extensive treatment and mostly effective, yet on occasion, the infection can recur, in which case the root canal treatment can be repeated.
Where can I receive this treatment?
Root canal treatment can be provided at most dental surgeries as it is a routine procedure. However, at the discretion of your dentist you may be referred to an endodontist who specialises in this procedure.
Root canal should not be seen as the big bad wolf of dental procedures, but a routine, widely practised procedure, which in many cases saves you having teeth removed.
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