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Root Canal Treatment
Although sometimes used by some people as the benchmark for pain, this is a long way from being the truth and the procedure should cause no more discomfort for the patient than any other invasive dental treatment. As you would expect, it is also performed using a local anaesthetic.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is needed when the soft pulp inside of a tooth, which contains the nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected. When this occurs, it needs to be removed.
Prior to the treatment, an x-ray will be taken to ensure that there are no abscesses present. If any are found, antibiotics will be prescribed and the treatment postponed until they have healed.
Once it has been shown that there are no abscesses, a local anaesthetic is administered to the area and the top of the tooth is removed. This is usually done using a rotary endodontic file or a hand file whichever is deemed most appropriate by the Endodontist. The soft inner pulp is then removed, initially by suction, before any remaining infected pulp is removed manually using specialist tools. The cavity will then be cleaned with an antibiotic wash to remove any infection that may remain and the hollow tooth is then filled and a crown placed on the top of the tooth to strengthen it. In some cases it may be necessary for a post to be placed too in order for the crown to be attached securely and ensure that the tooth is strong.
Caring for Your Post Root Canal Tooth
The root canal procedure will leave the patient with a tooth that is natural but which contains no nerves or blood vessels within it. This means that the tooth itself is ‘dead’ and there is no sensation associated with it. This does not mean however that it does not need cleaning and you should ensure that you continue to brush and floss as usual, especially in order to prevent any possible gum disease that may occur in that area.
It is also advisable to avoid harder foods for a short while after the procedure until the tooth has had a chance to become stable. Provided that this advice is followed and care is taken, there is no reason why the tooth should not last for many years.