Root Canal

Saving Your Teeth with Root Canal Treatment

Nobody wants to lose teeth, and with thorough dental hygiene and regular dental check-ups at Beauchamp House Dental, you should be able to keep your natural teeth for most of your life.

Nonetheless, situations may arise where your teeth become inflamed or infected due to incidents like a cracked tooth or extensive cavity damage. In such cases, the innermost layer of your teeth, known as the pulp, could be exposed to bacteria from within your oral cavity. This chain of events can potentially result in infection, swelling, or even the deterioration of the essential pulp tissue.

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure that involves removing infected or damaged tissue (pulp) from inside a tooth, cleaning and shaping the root canal system, and filling it with a biocompatible material to prevent further infection.

It is a relatively simple procedure; the treatment is not painful and can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted.

Frequently Asked Questions

The treatment is usually over two appointments; however, it can be more depending on certain factors.

Our team will take X-rays to determine where the decay is located and its extent. After establishing a diagnosis, we will administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. We have had patients who have fallen asleep during treatment!

The aim of the treatment is to remove all the infection and clean and fill the root canals.

The tooth will have a permanent filling placed over the top to seal the access hole. Nevertheless, a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment is generally more delicate and fragile compared to a natural tooth and might be susceptible to breakage over time. To prevent this, the dentist might suggest the placement of a crown on the tooth subsequent to the procedure. Not all teeth will need to be crowned as it depends on the tooth, how many nerves are in the tooth and the current condition of the tooth. All the options are laid by our dentist and will be discussed with you.

The main benefit is the treatment will save a diseased tooth from being extracted (taken out).

Moreover, it alleviates toothache and can effectively halt the reoccurrence of infections or swellings linked to the affected tooth.

This procedure contributes to the overall health of your teeth, while also allowing you to maintain your natural biting sensation as the tooth remains intact.

This infection could spread through the root canal system, which could eventually lead to an abscess, causing a great deal of discomfort. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the tooth may need to be taken out and this would leave a gap.
Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthesia, which numbs the area and prevents pain during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort and sensitivity in the treated tooth for a few days after the procedure, but this can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
The best way to prevent the need for a root canal treatment is to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, and seeing your dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings.

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