Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment (or Endodontic Treatment) is a dental treatment used to save an injured, damaged or infected tooth.
The area of the tooth that houses the pulp or nerve of the tooth can get infected. Within each tooth there is a 'tunnel' that contains the nerve of the tooth. This tunnel is what is referred to as the root canal and when found in the root of the tooth.
If a tooth is damaged due to caries/tooth decay or or injured/broken, bacteria can enter into the root canal. Once the bacteria has entered the canal it can cause an infection of the nerve. Sometimes the infection of the tissue found within the canal, if left untreated can result in an abscess forming inside your mouth.
The dental procedure can be undertaken by a general dentist and involves the removal of the damaged tissue from the tooth. Typically, such teeth would have been extracted, but this treatment can be a solution to saving your tooth, and helping you improve your dental health.
These can all lead to root canal pain, which should be investigated in order to prevent any further infections or possible loss of your tooth.
Root Canal Treatment may be able to save a tooth that would be otherwise lost permanently.
After Root Canal Treatment
Patients report that after root canal treatment their tooth doesn’t feel the same. This is a normal feeling after treatment.
The root canal procedure has removed the damaged nerve from the tooth canal. As a result, the normal sensations you have when biting into food or consuming hot or cold foods and drinks will be different.
Another consideration is whether you want to better protect the treated tooth with a crown.
Many patients opt for a crown after about 3 months – this gives the tooth time to recover from the infection and the treatment. During that time the dentist may place a temporary filling to make sure the treated tooth stays clean and free of bacteria.
Some of your teeth experience a lot of force and rigour from chewing – this is especially the case with back molar teeth. A crown can protect the tooth from such rigours and help it last longer.
To find out more about our Root Canal Treatment, call our friendly staff at Woodville & Seaton Dental Clinic on (08) 8268 5422 or request an appointment online.