What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a complicated procedure in which inflamed nervous tissue is cleansed from the tooth crown and root canal. When the crown and root canals are cleansed, the root canals are filled with a special material called “gutta-percha”. This is a rubber-like material which will ensure that bacteria won’t be able to infect the canals again. The bone is now able to heal again, and afterwards, the tooth is provided with a filling of plastic or a crown to replace the removed parts of the tooth. We recommend you have an X-ray taken of the bone a year later to check up on the healing process.
When Is a Root Canal Necessary?
A root canal may be necessary for various reasons. For example, a broken tooth or a blow to a tooth may cause a nerve to be damaged or torn. A severe case of tooth decay or a cavity may also, in time, cause an infection in the nerve of the tooth because bacteria penetrate the nerve. Overall, if the nerve of a tooth is damaged, inflamed, or dead, a root canal is necessary.
The purpose of a root canal will typically be to save a tooth or remove pain, but it may also be to prevent the inflammation from spreading in the mouth. Pain from a damaged, inflamed, or dead nerve is usually severe, but there may be cases where it’s hardly noticeable. A root canal may also be a solution if you experience constant pain or inflammation in the nerve.
What Happens After the Treatment?
The first couple of days after the treatment, the area around the tooth may be irritated but most people won’t feel any actual pain.
After a root canal, the treated tooth will be more fragile compared with a healthy tooth. The treated tooth is more likely to crack and thus, it is important you take good care of the tooth.
A year after the root canal, we recommend you have an X-ray taken to check up on the healing process. To strengthen your tooth, we recommend having a crown attached. This is especially important with molars, as they are put under a lot of strain daily.
Is a Root Canal Painful?
No, a root canal isn’t painful. At Curaeos, we provide pain-free root canal treatments. We always start with a local anaesthetic. This is done with a very thin needle to decrease any discomfort at the prick itself as well.
We know that a lot of patients may be tense or nervous before a visit to the dentist. We always do our very best to make every patient feel safe and give them the best experience at the clinic.
We take extra care with patients with dental phobia. If you suffer from dental phobia, please let us know when you book your appointment. Then we will be sure to plan extra time for your treatment. Read more about dental phobia here.