Root Canal Treatment / Endodontics
Root canal treatment is a remarkable treatment that involves removing the infected nerve/pulp tissue in the tooth, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. Today, this treatment gives us a chance to save the tooth in an effective way. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the root canal is cleaned, shaped, filled and sealed. Most patients who have root canal, experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original.
Root canal treatment is often no more uncomfortable than having a filling as local anaesthetic is provided. In fact, root canal treatment doesn’t cause pain but actually relieves it. For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with the prescribed medications.
Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Root canal treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with a damaged pulp. It is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant later. Root canal treatment also has a very high success rate.
It depends on which tooth involved and complexity. Usually it takes 30 minutes to 1 hour or more. Very often, it will take 2 to 3 visits.
Our doctor will put in a permanent filling during the end and patients are being advised to place a crown for extra protection if the tooth has suffered from a large decay at start.