Root Canal Treatment - Newry Northern Ireland
What is root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment (also known as endodontics) is required when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth (also known as the pulp) is infected through decay or injury.
Why is root canal treatment necessary?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth.
This may eventually lead to an abscess. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be extracted.
Is it painful?
No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an normal filling.
What does the procedure involve?
The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatments are skilled and time-consuming procedures. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to complete.
At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. If any abscesses, are present, they can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.
The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.
Will the look of my tooth change after treatment?
In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
What if it reoccurs?
Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.
What happens if I don't have the treatment?
The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can't heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
What about aftercare?
Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. Visit us for regular check-ups.