Root canal therapy is used to clean out the tooth root, getting rid of infected dental pulp so that it can be saved rather than removed. In some ways, root canal therapy can be like a dental filling, only the cleaning happens deep inside the tooth.
During root canal therapy, the infected pulp gets removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned, filled and then sealed. A crown is then fitted and cemented into place to strengthen the tooth.
At EVP Dental, our dentists take a preventive approach to dentistry and whenever possible, we always prefer to save a tooth rather than remove it. Common symptoms that suggest you may need root canal therapy include:
The dentist begins by taking diagnostic radiographs of the tooth and then numbing the area with a local anesthetic. After placing a rubber dam, a small hole is drilled in the tooth to access the infected tooth pulp and roots for cleaning. Once the pulp is removed and the roots are cleaned, the canals are filled with root canal filling material and carefully sealed to prevent reinfection. A crown is then placed to protect and strengthen the tooth. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics and or pain relief to aid your recovery after treatment.
Coming to the dentist can cause a degree of anxiety and sometimes even prevent you from receiving essential dental care. At EVP Dental, we offer a range of sedation options that allow you to be treated in a comfortable and stress-free environment:
Happy gas (also known as laughing gas or inhalation sedation) and can be an effective sedative for treatment. It’s administered through a mask that’s placed over your nose and has a relaxing effect that lasts for your treatment duration. Happy gas tends to wear off quickly, so you’re able to drive home safely after treatment.
IV sedation allows you to be treated in a relaxed, semi-conscious state throughout your treatment duration. In what can feel like a ten-minute nap, you receive the care you need with very little if any recollection of the procedure. IV sedation can be administered by an anesthetist at the practice or at Southbank Day Surgery.
General anesthesia may be recommended to very anxious patients or those needing complex dental care. Patients remain unconscious during the procedure and cannot drive after treatment. General anesthesia is carried out at Southbank Day Surgery.
Find out more about our sedation options and sleep dentistry at EVP Dental.
Endodontic treatment (also called root canal treatment or root canal therapy) is a common dental procedure that involves removing infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth. After disinfecting the tooth, the dentist places a synthetic root canal filling material and seals the tooth with a crown to restore its strength and appearance.
A root canal infection can be very painful, but root canal treatment isn't usually any more painful than other general dental procedures. Dentists use local anaesthetic that numbs pain during the procedure. Your mouth may feel sore after endodontic treatment, but this can be managed by taking over-the-counter pain medication.
Some common signs of a root canal infection are:
However, tooth pulp infections don't always have obvious symptoms and may only be noticed during routine dental check-ups.
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