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Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment (Endodontics)
Root canal treatment (endodontic) is needed when the blood or nerve supply of the tooth, known as the pulp is infected through decay or injury. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. In some cases, your tooth could darken in colour, which may mean that the nerve of the tooth has died (or is dying). This would need root canal treatment.
Does root canal treatment hurt?
No. For some patients, root canal therapy is one of the most feared dental procedures. However, modern root canal treatment is relatively painless because the pain can be controlled with a local anesthetic during the procedure and pain control medication can be used before and/or after treatment.
Why is root canal treatment needed?
If the pulp becomes infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess (gumboil). An abscess is an inflamed area in which pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues around the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to severe pain and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not carried out, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be taken out.
Over the last ten years, there have been great innovations in the art and science of root canal therapy. Dentists now must be educated on the current concepts in order to optimally perform a root canal. Root canal therapy has become more automated and can be performed faster thanks.
Laser root canal procedures are a controversial innovation. Lasers may be fast but have not been shown to thoroughly disinfect the whole tooth, and may cause damage.
What will my tooth look like after treatment?
In the past, a root-filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
ENDODONTIC (ROOT CANAL) THERAPY POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS
We hope you had a positive and pain free experiencewith us.
Our goal is for your healing process to be as comfortable as possible.
Please follow all instructions carefully to avoid any unnecessary pain and possible infection. Root canal therapy disinfects the pulp chamber of an infected tooth. Since everyone heals
differently, it is hard to predict what your experience will be. It is common to experience some mild
soreness when biting on the tooth for a couple of days up to a week following your visit. The
following instructions are meant to guide you through the healing phase as comfortable as possible.
- Taking medication as directed for the first few days will reduce the discomfort greatly.
- Rinsing the inside of your mouth in the area of thetreatment several times a day with warm salt water rinsescan relive mild irritation of the gum around the tooth.
- Try not to chew on the treated toothfor the next few days in order to minimize irritation to the ‘healing’ tooth. If your bite feels high or you cannot close your mouth without pain, please let us know so that your bite can be adjusted.
- Please schedule an appointment for build-up or a Crown within 2 to 4 weeksfollowing root canal therapy completion. After a root canal treatment placing a Crown on the tooth is almost compulsory to avoid fracturing of the tooth.
- If the tooth is very uncomfortable, or you notice swelling which is getting worse, please call us. For after-hours emergencies, please contact our doctor. Root canal therapy is very successful. However, the severity of the infection may require surgical treatment or retreatment in approximately 5% of cases.
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