Root canal treatments

Root canal treatments

Root canal treatment is a form of restorative dentistry and your dentist may suggest it if there is inflammation or infection inside one of your teeth leading to immense pain. Under suitable conditions, Root canal treatment can save your tooth from having to be taken out.

Why might I need root canal treatment?

If your tooth is damaged, bacteria can get inside the root canal which contains pulp (nerve/ blood vessels supplying life to a tooth) causing pain and swelling. Root canal treatment may be needed in the following situations to prevent your tooth from being taken out by removing the damaged pulp and treating the infection- 

  • Deep tooth decay
  • A cracked tooth 
  • Advanced gum disease 
  • Trauma, such as a blow to your mouth
If an infection is not treated, it can spread further and cause a dental abscess, which is a collection of pus and can cause swelling around your tooth and jaw.

Sometimes your tooth may look darker in colour than your other teeth, which means that the nerve inside your tooth is dead or dying. Without treatment, the infection may spread further into your jawbone and you may need to have your tooth removed.

What does root canal treatment involve?

Here at Martock Dental Practice, we pride ourselves to be able to offer Root Canal Treatments to our patients in a relaxing and calming atmosphere with state-of-the-art instruments to help achieve the best results we can.

Although most root canal treatments can be completed in one appointment, sometimes it may need two or more appointments in particularly stubborn infections. The procedure is done under local anaesthetic; the tooth is isolated using a rubber sheet called a dental dam which keeps the tooth from contamination and protected from cleaning agents. The tooth is carefully cleaned using specialized instruments and disinfectant solutions.

It is normal for the tooth/ area to feel bruised after treatment, more so on day 3-5 post procedure. However, this can be managed well using over the counter pain medication such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen- however your dentist will give you plenty of advice for at home care.

If your tooth is badly worn or is at risk of further damage, your dentist may suggest having a crown fitted. This is an artificial cap that fits over your tooth.