Root canal treatment
Experience pain-free root canal treatment
Concerns about root canal treatment can prevent people with an inflamed or infected tooth from seeking help when they need. Usually linked to the concerns about the physical pain of treatment and the financial cost of restoration, delaying treatment is rarely the ideal treatment pathway.
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth when the pulp – the soft tissue inside the root canal – becomes inflamed or infected. Left untreated, an infected tooth can cause pain and lead to an abscess as infection spreads to the surrounding bone causing swelling. Tooth restoration is achieved by removing the dead or dying nerve causing the pain inside your tooth, cleaning, filling and sealing the inside of the tooth.
As the tooth is weakened and susceptible to fracture, a crown is necessary to protect and restore the tooth to full function like any other tooth.
Why early treatment for root canal therapy is best
Lillybrook Dental always encourages and educates valued members of its community to be dentistry conscious – for their own health, appearance and wellbeing, as well as to reduce the cost of treatment by taking earliest action. This means being informed about the signs, alert to the need for treatment and being prepared to act promptly to save pain and discomfort.
Symptoms indicating you may need root canal therapy include, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling, draining of an abscess, and tenderness in the lymph nodes as well as nearby bone and gum tissues. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms, making regular visits and a good oral hygiene regime the best way to avoid root canal therapy.
Is root canal treatment painful?
Mostly root canals can be treated in one visit, though some may require multiple visits. You can take assurance from the knowledge that most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth and most teeth can be treated.
Occasionally, there are reasons why a tooth can’t be saved. It may be because the root canals are not accessible, the root is severely fractured, the tooth doesn’t have adequate bone support, or the tooth cannot be restored. However, recent advances are making it possible to save teeth that previously would have been lost.
Concerned about root canal treatment? Let the Lillybrook Dental team help