What Do You Need to Know about Root Canal Treatment?

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We know that having to have signifiant dental work is many people’s worse nightmare. However, trust us when we say that it’s better than the alternative!

Root canal work is a relatively common dental treatment that almost certainly isn’t as bad as you imagine. It involves repairing the inside of the tooth when there’s infection or inflammation present. Having root canal treatment in time can save the tooth so that it doesn’t have to be removed.

When is root canal treatment needed?

There are a number of reasons why you might need to have root canal treatment. This could be related to:

  • An injury to the mouth
  • Severe tooth decay
  • A cracked tooth or filling
  • A broken crown
  • Gum disease

Any of these issues can lead to bacteria getting inside your tooth and causing an infection. If this infection spreads down through the pulp inside your tooth and into the root canal, this can become very serious. Root canal treatment is done in order to treat the infection inside the tooth and stop it going any further.

If the infection was allowed to continue spreading down through the root of the tooth and into the jawbone, this would result in your tooth having to be removed. 

What happens during root canal treatment?

When you undergo root canal treatment, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic. This means that you’ll be awake for the procedure but you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. They will then cover the rest of your mouth with a small sheet of rubber called a dental dam. Only the tooth being worked on will be uncovered. 

The dentist will drill a small hole in the top of your tooth and remove the pulp from inside it. They will clean and disinfect the inside of your tooth, then fill and seal it. A temporary or permanent filling will then be added over the drilled hole.

Some root canal treatments can be completed in one appointment, others will take place over two or three sessions. This depends on how serious the infection is.  

Are you looking for a knowledgable and caring dental team to support you through root canal treatment? The team at Cross Deep Twickenham are ready and raring to help. Alternatively, find your local Damira Dental practice here