Root Canal Treatment
Sometimes, damage or decay gets deep into the tooth and can affect the root. If left unchecked, this could mean that the tooth develops an abscess and has to be removed by your dentist. Root fillings, also known as root canal work, can ensure that you keep your tooth.
What Does Root Canal Involve?
Your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth to check the shape of the root canals and to see whether there is any added infection around the nerve. After putting you under local unaesthetic, the dentist will go through the top of your tooth into the pulp – the bit right in the middle of your tooth that holds the nerves and blood supply. He will then remove the dead bits of the pulp and check for any infection. If the infection has spread beyond the tooth, he may have to give you a temporary white filling and some antibiotics until it clears up.
After the pulp has been removed, the dentist fills the gap with a rubbery material and puts a normal filling on top. The tooth may then need a crown long-term to protect it.
How Long does a Root Canal Process Take?
Typically, a root-canal treatment takes between 1 and 2 visits, depending on the number of canals within the tooth.
The Old Quarter Dental Surgery continues to invest in the latest and most innovative digital imaging technologies and equipment. This results in more accurate diagnoses and is particularly helpful with root canal procedures. The result is improved services and patient efficiency, saving you time and money!