Endodontics or root canal treatment is carried out on teeth where the nerve of the tooth has been damaged by trauma or decay.
It involves the removal of the pulp tissue of a tooth when it becomes inflamed or infected.
The debris within the canal is removed then the canal is cleaned and disinfected prior being filled and sealed with a root filling. The tooth is then restored back to its full shape and function with a permanent filling or a crown.
Q. How do I look after the tooth once it has been treated?
You should look after a root treated tooth the same way as any other tooth: Remember to brush your teeth first thing in the morning and last thing at night, with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks outside of meal times.
See your dentist for regular check-ups.
Q. Will the tooth be ok once the treatment has been completed?
Yes, but because a ‘dead’ tooth is more brittle you might need to have a crown fitted to provide extra strength and support to the tooth.
Q. Does Root canal treatment hurt?
No. Usually a local aesthetic is used and it should feel like a normal filling being done.