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Root canals are an endodontic procedure that is used to save teeth that would otherwise need an extraction. The procedure is carried out to remove any infection or bacteria that has made its way to the pulp of the tooth.
Bacteria is able to make its way to the pulp through tooth decay (causing cavities), trauma or fractures.
By visiting your dentist for regular checks ups they will be able to monitor your oral health and identify if there are any problems. If your dentist finds any cavities, it is recommended to have a filling (white fillings available), as this will prevent the bacteria from going any further and infecting the pulp.
If you have cavities and you haven’t started to feel pain, it is also recommended to not leave it as when you do start to feel pain/sensitivity, it is generally a sign that the bacteria has progressed closer to the tooth’s nerve.
This will depend how severe the infection is, but extractions are always our last resort because your natural teeth are very important and no replacement (even though they are very effective with modern dentistry), will be as good as a natural tooth.
The dentist will completely remove the bacteria and the roots from the tooth. They will then use a solid filling material to completely fill the pulp chamber which will prevent any further complications in the future.
This will be very much case dependant as there are a few factors that can determine the complexity of the case:
At the free consultation our dentist will be able to give you an idea on how long your case should take to complete.
The area being treated will be numbed before the treatment begins. But because we will be treating the nerve of the tooth, there can be some slight discomfort during treatment. Our dentists will ensure they go at a slow pace, making the treatment as comfortable and pain free as possible.
We also offer IV sedation which will make the whole treatment very hazy and unmemorable (popular with very nervous patients).
If you are in need of a root canal please do not hesitate to call us or fill out the short form below to arrange your free consultation today.