Root Canal Treatment
Save Your Smile With
A Root Canal
Have a painful infection you need to stop from spreading? Our dentists at Melton Dental Group can perform root canal treatment to ensure your infection is controlled and your teeth are protected from further damage.
What is root canal treatment?
Worried about having root canal treatment? This is a popular treatment for millions of people with inner damaged teeth. The soft centre of the tooth is known as the dental pulp. This is made up of connective tissue, nerves and blood supply, extending deeper into the roots of your tooth. Once damaged, this eventually leads to infection or a painful abscess. Root canal treatment is the best and safest treatment available to save your natural tooth, while removing the infected pulp and cleaning the root canal. Once sealed, a crown is placed over the tooth for extra protection.
What causes infection of the pulp?
- Deep cavity
- Gum disease
- Repeated dental work to a tooth
- Break down of filling/crown
- Cracked/chipped tooth
- Extreme wear and tear (Grinding/Bruxism)
How do you know if you need a root canal?
Deep cavities, dental trauma or issues from dental restorations usually give way to a few common symptoms that might indicate a need for a root canal. While also indications of other oral health issues, here are the signs you should watch out for:
- Pain when chewing/biting
- Sensitivity to hot/cold, even after sensation has been removed
- Swollen gums
- Darkening of the gums
- Pimples forming on the gums
- Pus around a tooth
If left untreated, the infection could worsen into an abscess at the root of the tooth, lead to deterioration of the underlying bone and make it impossible to save your natural tooth! In severe cases where infection spreads to neighboring teeth, individuals may experience illness, fever or swelling of the face and neck.
Process of getting a root canal
Root canal treatment is a simple procedure that takes place over the course of 1 to 3 sessions to the dentist, depending on the severity of the pulp infection!
- the procedure is usually performed using local anaesthetic
- the affected tooth is isolated with a thin rubber sheet (called a ‘rubber dam’)
- the decayed portions of the tooth and any affected filling are removed
- the infected pulp (nerve) is removed
- special instruments are used to thoroughly clean and shape the root canals and remove bacteria, pus and debris
- the root canal is flushed with disinfectants and dried
- antibiotic medication is placed in the canals and the tooth is sealed with a temporary filling. You may have to wait a few weeks before the pulp canal is filled
- the infection-free root canal is sealed with durable rubber-based material
- the tooth then undergoes restoration
- if there is considerable loss of tooth structure, a crown may be indicated.
After-care for root canal treatment
Recovery time can vary but on average, you can expect to heal within just a few days! Slight inflammation is perfectly normal for the first few days, and can be treated with a warm, saltwater rinse or over-the-counter pain relievers. Soft, cold foods are recommended to avoid damaging your treated tooth. We also recommend avoiding spicy foods, hot beverages and consuming alcohol during this week. And make sure to stick to a consistent oral hygiene routine! All you need to do is brush gently with a fluoride toothpaste, at least twice a day.
Our dentists at Melton Dental Group use years of expertise and the latest technology to give you the best dental care available. Have a damaged tooth? Call us, and we’ll make sure your dental health is in the safest hands.