Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is one of the procedures that often worries our clients, but here at Shandon Dental Clinic, we believe that every procedure should be comfortable and straightforward. Our friendly team is experienced in working with patients who feel anxious about visiting the dentist, and we can ensure that your root canal treatment is easier than you expect.
If the blood supply to the tooth or the nerve within it becomes infected, usually as a result of decay or injury, you will probably require root canal treatment to prevent recurring abscesses and severe infection. You may not realise that your tooth is infected initially, but the colour of it may darken and you may develop an ache or pain in the tooth and gum as an infection develops.
A root canal treatment is a procedure that removes all of the infected pulp from inside the tooth, which is cleaned and filled to prevent further infection. During your first appointment, the infected pulp will be removed from the tooth and any abscesses that have formed will be drained. A temporary filling will be put in while the tooth settles, and an appointment will be made for a follow up. During the follow up appointment, if all signs of infection have cleared, the tooth will be filled with a long-lasting composite.
A root canal treatment should not cause pain, as you will receive a local anaesthetic. You may feel some discomfort and tenderness after the procedure, but this should be easily manageable. You may require follow up treatments to restore the natural appearance of a tooth if it has become discoloured, and you may require a crown in order to provide additional support for the tooth as it will be more brittle after the pulp is removed.
Root canal treatment is a safe and effective way to treat damaged teeth and will protect the natural appearance of your teeth. The alternative to a root canal treatment is to have the tooth removed, but you will usually be advised to preserve your natural teeth wherever possible.
A root-treated tooth should be cared for in the same way as other teeth, with good brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You should take care to ensure that you have a good diet without an excess of sugar, and see your dentist regularly to prevent further problems from developing.
Whatever you need from your dentist in Cork city, our team at Shandon Dental Clinic is on hand to ensure that you get the very best advice and treatments. For general dentistry, including regular check ups and routine care of your teeth and gums, you can pop into our city centre practice and meet our team or call us on 021-430 5569 to make an appointment.