At The Courtyard Clinic, we under stand that dental procedures can be a source of anxiety for many patients, but we are here to help you feel more informed and comfortable about your oral health.
In this blog post we will demystify the world of root canals and explain how this common dental treatment can save your teeth and relieve pain.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal, also know as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure designed to treat a tooth that has an infection or severe damage. The term ‘root canal’ can sound intimidating, but it’s a routine and effective way to save your tooth.
Why do you need a Root Canal?
Root canals are typically needed when the pulp (the innermost part of the tooth) becomes infected or inflamed. This can happen due to various reasons, including deep cavities, cracks, trauma, or repeated dental procedures on the same tooth. If left untreated, the infection can lead to severe pain, abscesses, and loss of the tooth.
The Root Canal Procedure:
Diagnosis: Your dentist will first examine your tooth and take x-rays to assess the extent of the infection. If a root canal is necessary, they will discuss the procedure with you.
Anesthetic: Before the procedure begins, your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth to ensure you are more comfortable.
Cleaning and Shaping: Your dentist will create a small access hole in the tooth and remove the infected pulp. They will then clean and shape the inside of the tooth to prepare it for filling.
Filing: After cleaning and shaping, the tooth’s interior is filled with a biocompatible material called gutta-percha. This seals the space to prevent reinfection.
Restoration: In most cases, a tooth that has undergone a root canal will require a crown to protect it and restore its function and appearance. Your dentist will take a scan for a custom-made-crown, which will be place in a later appointment.
What to expect after a Root Canal:
After your root canal procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort for a few days. This is normal and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain killers. It is important to follow your dentist’s post-treatment instructions and attend any follow-up appointments to ensure your tooth heals properly.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
- Pain relief, a root canal alleviates the pain and discomfort caused by an infected tooth.
- Tooth preservation, by saving the tooth, you can continue to chew and speak naturally and maintain a healthy smile.
- Prevents further infection, removing the infected pulp prevents the spread of infection to neighbouring teeth
- Aesthetic restoration, the crown placed on the treated tooth will restore its appearance, so it looks and functions like a natural tooth.
Don’t let the fear of a root canal keep you from seeking the dental care you need.
At The Courtyard Clinic we are here to make the process comfortable and stress-free as possible. If you have any concerns about your dental health or need a root canal, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We’re here to help you maintain your beautiful smile and optimal health .