A tooth infection can cause severe and excruciating pain, with intense throbbing in the affected area that worsens as time goes on. Fortunately, root canal treatment can effectively remove this infection and flush the canals with an anti-bacterial solution to prevent the infection from returning.
Root canal treatments are an effective long-lasting solution that can eliminate the infection and prevent the pain from worsening. With that being said, we often hear patients voice their concerns about the level of pain that they may experience during root canal treatment, which is really nothing to worry about.
In this guide, we talk you through the steps involved in a root canal treatment and why the treatment isn’t as bad as you may think!
What is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is an important procedure to protect the tooth following a tooth infection, which might occur after an injury or tooth decay. The treatment allows for the infection to be eliminated and prevents further damage from taking place, such as spreading through the root canal system.
Root canal treatments are carried out by specialists, called Endodontists, that have extensive experience and training in handling root canal treatments.
It’s crucial to have root canal treatment sooner rather than later, as the treatment can prevent an infection from becoming increasingly painful. Unfortunately, if you leave it too late, the tooth may need to be removed, so it’s important to check with your dentist if you notice any of the following signs:
- Loose teeth/tooth
- Pain when biting/chewing
- Pain when eating/drinking hot or cold food/drink
- Swelling of the face
- Swelling of the gum surrounding the affected tooth
- Pus oozing from the affected tooth
- Pain in the tooth which appears darker in colour
- A metallic taste in the mouth
We advise you to get in touch if you do notice any of these symptoms. In rare cases, we may refer you to our emergency dentist if we feel that you require urgent treatment, for example, if the pain is excruciating or if the infection has spread.
The quicker you see a dentist after noticing the above signs, the lower the chance of further damage or tooth loss. Root canal treatments are important in having a painless, healthy and long-lasting smile.
What to Expect from Root Canal Treatments
Root canal therapy usually requires several appointments at our dental surgery in Morden and will depend on the type of tooth being treated.
To begin with, we will carry out an x-ray of the affected tooth to assess the damage. Before root canal treatment takes place, we will numb the teeth and gums to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
During the treatment, the canals are cleaned with an anti-bacterial solution and the infected pulp is removed. A root filling is then fitted to ensure the infection does not return so that the tooth can then be restored. We then wash the canals to remove any debris, before sealing to prevent bacteria from entering.
When the custom tooth has been prepared, it will be covered and temporarily restored until the next appointment, when the tooth is then filled with a dental filling or dental crown to restore the shape and functionality.
Is A Root Canal Painful?
Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatments are not painful and shouldn’t be as scary as they seem. In fact, there is often confusion with root canals being painful, however, the infection (itself) is the only painful part. The sooner you visit your dentist, the more comfortable the treatment will be.
A local anaesthetic will also be used to numb your teeth and gums to avoid pain during the treatment. We aim to make root canal treatments quick and painless.
Root canal treatments are the best option for a painless and healthy smile in the longer term, which is why you should never avoid having the treatment done.
Root Canal Treatment in Morden
At our friendly dental practice in Sutton and Morden, we have a team of dentists that have years of experience performing high-quality root canals. Our dentists are experienced practitioners that can remove the infection with root canal treatment.
With an array of qualifications, our expert dental practitioners can offer you a professional service, to ensure you have a smile you are proud of.
To learn more about root canal treatment visit our local St. Helier Dental Surgery, or contact us. You can also register with us if you are looking for a local and reliable dentist and are searching for great treatment in the Morden and Sutton area.