This is an intervention that attempts to conserve a tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. The nerve and pulp tissue within the tooth root is eliminated so that the tooth can be kept, along with the chewing function.
Local anaesthesic is necessary to carry out root canal treatment (in most cases). During the treatment, various x-rays are taken to check the process, which consists of:
- Using special bits in a dental drill, access is gained into the pulp cavity of the tooth.
- Infected tissue is removed and the root canals are cleaned and prepared with specialised instruments.
- The root canals are filled with a thermoplastic material thus sealing the roots.
- Where necessary, a suport is fitted with a crown on top to protect and lengthen the average tooth life after treatmen.
PRE-ROOT CANAL TREATMENT ADVICE
The endodontic dentist should be advised:
- If you suffer from any type of allergy, systemic disease or if you are pregnant ...
- When you are at the clinic, a decision will be made whether antibiotic prophylaxis is needed or not.
POST-ROOT CANAL TREATMENT ADVICE
Following the treatment:
- Call your endodontic dentist if you have any doubts or questions.
- Anti-inflammatory therapy and analgesia: for the first few days you might experience discomfort and inflammation in the treated area.
Teeth that have been treated are more fragile. For this reason, a convering or crown is recommended following the treatment.