Root canals are life-changing. They help dentists and endodontists to save millions of teeth from being extracted, every year. The goal of a root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged from decay, disease or injury.
With root canal treatment, patients are able to keep their own teeth rather than having them removed. Your own teeth are better than artificial teeth. They’re stronger and better for biting and chewing. Our dentists and specialists are experts at providing the best root canal treatment for you.
Inside every tooth there is a fine canals known as root canals. These contain the dental pulp, which consists of nerves and blood vessels. If the dental pulp dies or is diseased, people experience toothache or an abscess occurs. Root canal treatment is carried out to save the tooth.
There can be a number of reasons for pulp becoming diseased:
To improve the chances of success, root canal treatment should start as soon as possible after a problem is identified. For root canal treatment, an access is drilled through the top of the tooth to access the root canal. The infected pulp is then removed and the empty canal is disinfected. The canal is then shaped with fine dental files, washed with a sterilising solution and sealed with a final filling. This treatment can take several visits to complete. If there's an infection present, antibiotics are sometimes prescribed.
The final restoration of the tooth is very important. If the tooth isn't properly restored, bacteria can enter again and cause another infection. Sometimes a crown is recommended to strengthen and seal the tooth properly. Root canal treatment is carried out by a dentist, or sometimes by an endodontic specialist, depending on the complexity.
The more you rest and take care of your oral health after treatment the faster you will recover.
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