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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth. Root canal treatment is not painful and can save a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed.

Why Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?

The infection at the centre of a tooth (known as the root canal) is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth. Several factors can lead to this infection:

  1. Tooth Decay: When tooth decay progresses deep into the tooth, it can reach the pulp (the innermost part of the tooth) and cause infection.

  2. Trauma: Damage to teeth due to accidents or falls can also lead to root canal infections.

 
Symptoms of a Pulp Infection

If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s essential to seek dental care promptly:

  • Pain when eating or drinking hot or cold food and beverages

  • Pain when biting or chewing

  • A loose tooth

As the infection progresses, these symptoms may temporarily subside as the pulp dies. However, the infection can spread through the root canal system, leading to additional symptoms such as:

  • Persistent pain when biting or chewing

  • Swelling of the gum near the affected tooth

  • Pus oozing from the affected tooth

  • A darkening of the tooth colour

How Root Canal Treatment Works
  1. Diagnosis: Dental X-rays help identify if the pulp has been damaged by bacterial infection.

  2. Procedure: Root canal treatment involves removing the bacteria from the root canal system. This can be done by:

    • Root Canal Treatment: Cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, followed by filling and sealing the tooth.

    • Extraction: While extraction is an option, it’s usually better to preserve natural teeth whenever possible.

  3. Painless Procedure: Before the treatment, you’ll receive a local anesthetic to ensure a painless experience.

  4. Aftercare: After removing the bacteria, the root canal is filled, and the tooth is sealed with a filling or crown.

Root canal treatment is a valuable way to save your natural tooth and maintain oral health. If you have any questions or need further clarification, don’t hesitate to ask us!

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