With modern advancements in dentistry, root canal treatments are comfortable and effective
There is a widespread belief that root canal treatment is painful and very uncomfortable, however this is incorrect. Through advancements in dentistry, root canal treatment is more comfortable and causes little pain.
What is the root canal and pulp?
Root canal treatment, known as endodontics, focuses on the pulp of the tooth found within the root canal. The pulp contains the nerve, blood vessels and all the connective tissues.
When this pulp becomes infected by bacteria and decay, you will require root canal treatment.
Symptoms of an infected root canal?
The following are signs that your tooth may be infected:
Persistent toothache (may go away, but will return)
Sensitivity to temperature
Discolouration of the tooth
Gums becoming swollen
Tooth is painful while chewing or touching
Tooth becoming loose
Chipped or cracked tooth hurting
Root canal therapy procedure overview:
During your first visit our dentists at Oracare will begin the procedure by numbing the area using local anaesthesia. The infected tooth will be isolated using a rubber dam, which will help keep the tooth clean and free from contamination.
A small opening will be drilled into the top of the tooth, allowing access to the infected or dead pulp. The dental pulp will be removed, and the canal will be filed to remove the infection.
Once the pulp has been removed, a cleaning solution will be used to sterilise the root canal and kill off any remaining bacteria and contaminants.
Finally, the cavity will be filled to seal the root canal using a substance called gutta-percha, a standard filling material made from latex and the percha tree. You will receive a temporary filling to seal the tooth while waiting for the permanent filling. Make sure to keep the tooth clean and safe while waiting for the permanent filling.
The second visit will include receiving a permanent filling to seal the tooth and root canal over.
Does a root canal hurt?
You will experience little to no pain during the procedure due to modern advancements in dentistry, however you will also be under local anaesthesia. After the procedure you can expect to feel a little sore and tender; over-the-counter pain medication can be used for the pain.
How can I prevent a root canal?
You should follow good dental hygiene habits if you would like to prevent cavities, tooth decay, gum disease and other issues that can cause a tooth to become infected. It’s important to follow these habits:
Brush your teeth twice a day
Floss your teeth daily
Use fluoride toothpaste
Visit the dentist every six months
Wear a mouthguard during contact sports
Get professional dental cleans
Limit sugary and acidic foods and drinks
Avoid tobacco usage and limit alcohol consumption
Maintain a nutritious diet and wash your mouth out after eating
Contact Oracare in Cleveland QLD if you have a persistent toothache and pain
Our professional team of dentists and hygienists can help get to the cause of your pain and recommend the most suitable treatment. Whether you require a root canal or another treatment, we have you covered. Get in touch today.
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