What does root canal treatment involve?
The aim of this treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. This involves cleaning the root by removing any infected pulp. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle. The tooth is checked at a later visit, and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled. It is a skilled and time-consuming procedure that should always be carried out by an experienced dentist. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to the dental practice.
Does root canal therapy hurt?
No, a local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.
What will my tooth look like after treatment?
In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment but fortunately, this does not usually happen with modern root canal techniques. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments including teeth whitening treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
What if a dental infection reoccurs?
Root canal treatment is usually very successful but, occasionally, the infection may return. If this happens, treatment can be repeated.