What is Root Canal?
The pulp is the deeper inside section of the tooth. At our dental clinic & practice we use root canal treatment to treat any damage, inflammation or infection in the pulp. In this procedure, the damaged portion is removed and filled with material to seal the tooth.
Root Canal Treatment Consultation
At the root canal consultation – We assess the affected tooth for appropriate diagnosis. Once the root canal is justified the dentist will tailor make the treatment plan depending the condition of the tooth.
A root canal treatment (Endodontic treatment) is necessary when then pulp the soft tissue in the tooth (root) is infected or inflamed.
The infection or inflammation can be cause by:
Deep decay (Caries)
Repeated dental procedures
Crack or chip in the tooth
Please note that a root canal treatment does not have a 100% success-rate!
What are the symptoms and why do I need a Root Canal?
Dental pain is very difficult and can be very uncomfortable. It is better to seek immediate medical help and root canal dental treatment. The usual symptoms of root canal are:
- Swelling or inflammation around tooth
- Tooth discoloration
- Mild to severe pain
Risk and intricacies involved in root canal
Root canal dental treatment are mostly successfully but not 100% success-rate! Once in a while, a root canal treatment will flop altogether, distinguish by an arrival of the pain. In few cases, an Apicectomy or re-root canal treatment may take care of the issue.
How is it done?
This surgery is done in 2 stages:
- Your dentist will numb the area using an anaesthetic and then clean the damaged or infected pulp. Once cleaned, the dentist will shape the inside of the tooth and use medicated dressing and seal the tooth. Dentist may create a temporary crown or cap for your tooth. After the initial process, your dentist will guide you on post surgical care.
This usually alleviates any pain from the tooth. (In very rare cased you may antibiotic to help heal the infection.)
- On the second visit your dentist will remove the temporary filling and will continue with the root canal treatment – on this visit the tooth canal is cleaned, disinfected, shaped, measured and filled to prevent any further infection.
We almost always advise to a inlay, onlay, overlay or a crown to achieve higher success-rate.
For more information please ask your dentist for more detailed explanation.
Post treatment concerns
Tissue irritation, and inflammation may cause inconvenience for a couple of days or more. A subsequent review can screen tissue healing.
Pulpotomy for Children
This is similar to that of adults but in this case an infected or damaged pulp is removed from a child’s tooth as a result of cavities and decay.
This is important and should be done immediately to clean the bacteria as it might spread inside the tooth and cause severe infection infecting other teeth too.
A bacterial decay and damage can cause severe toothache in children, as a result of a large cavity.
For more information about the treatments please contact Dr. Marc Llaquet Pujol treatment coordinator. Christal Morant at [email protected]