About Root Canal Procedure

What is a root canal procedure?

In simple terms, root canal treatment is used as a way to save a tooth that is labelled as ‘dead’ due to infection or damage.

Why would I have a root canal procedure?

A root canal procedure is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can be caused by: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or even a crack or chip in the tooth. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

What signs should I look for if I need a root canal procedure?

Signs to look for include:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Tenderness when chewing
  • Swelling
  • Discolouration of the tooth.

However – it is possible to suffer from no symptoms at all. For this reason, it is important to visit your dentist regularly.

What is the procedure?

During root canal procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, this is then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material. After this, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection.

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What can I expect after the procedure?

Following the procedure, the patient may experience some sensitivity. This sensitivity will be temporary and can be treated by over the counter pain medication.

If you suffer pain or pressure that lasts longer than a few days, you should contact the team at Advanced Dental Group.

How long is recovery time?

The recovery time for a root canal procedure should be no longer than a few days. If you are suffering or are you are uncomfortable, you should contact us.

Is the procedure painful?

It is widely believed that root canal procedures are highly painful however this is largely inaccurate. Some patients have even reported that a root canal procedure is no more painful than a filling.

However, if you are anxious about the procedure and the pain, you may be able to undergo a root canal as a sleep dentistry procedure.

How successful is the procedure?

Root canal procedures are highly successful, with success rates up to 95%. Many teeth fixed with a root canal can last the duration of your life.

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