There is a dental procedure in dental care today that reduces pain, allows you to keep teeth that were previously infected, has aesthetic advantages and can also promote better overall oral health.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
But for some reason, it is not a popular procedure! And our team is on a mission to educate our patients about the advantages that this relatively straightforward treatment can offer. We are talking, of course, about the infamous root canal.
At Glenside Dental, our general dentist Glenside can attest to how beneficial having a root canal can be, especially if you are looking for a way to save your smile after an infection. It is usually a simple treatment that can provide you with longterm benefits too.
Here, our general dentist Glenside answers common questions that we receive about root canals. So, read on to learn more!
Does it kill the tooth?
This is a bit of a yes and no answer.
When our general dentist Glenside performs a root canal, they will have to drill down to the root of the tooth. This contains the pulp, which during an infection, is inflamed and infected. We will then need to remove the source of the infection, which will usually involve some or all of the pulp. So, in that sense, it can change the tooth.
But the tooth is then rebuilt using gutta-percha, and a filling or a crown. Therefore, the tooth is usable and will not visually change colour.
Will the procedure hurt?
No; we will ensure that the area is numbed before we begin. If you are a nervous patient, you can even ask about sedation options.
We believe that many patients have concerns about root canals hurting due to the discomfort that they may experience going into this procedure. Usually due to a dental abscess. But don’t worry, when you are at home afterwards, any discomfort will be minimal and will fade in a few days. If it doesn’t, call us urgently.
Can I have an extraction instead?
Yes, you can, but this may not be the desired option. Especially if the tooth that is infected is located at the front of your mouth.
A root canal will allow you to keep all of your teeth while removing the underlying, uncomfortable infection. As our team aims to save as many teeth as possible, this is why we prefer this option to extractions.
If the tooth is too badly decayed to be saved, then we will opt for extraction instead.
How long will it last?
Provided that you maintain good oral hygiene and attend dental check-ups, your root canal should easily last the rest of your life without any issues.
You will be able to bite with it and chew with it and there should not be a recurrence of the infection.
What are the risks?
There are few risks to having a root canal.
It is worth noting that overall, the tooth may be weakened by the process and that it will require support such as a crown or large filling to hold it in place.
All treatments carry risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.