Root Canal Treatment

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a dental procedure designed to treat and save a tooth that is severely infected or decayed.Root canal treatment is performed when the pulp, which is composed of nerves and blood vessels in the tooth, becomes infected or damaged. During the procedure, the damaged pulp is removed, and the tooth is cleaned and sealed.

Root canals are usually needed for a cracked tooth due to injury, a deep cavity, or problems from a previous filling. Tooth pain, ranging from mild to severe, is a key indicator for the need for a root canal. The pain may vary throughout the day, worsen when biting down, or be accompanied by prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold substances. Tender and swollen gums near the affected area are also common symptoms.

At DP Dental, we are committed to delivering exceptional care tailored to your unique needs. Our experienced dentists uphold the highest standards of quality and follow stringent hygiene practices. Additionally, we offer the convenience of same day crowns, ensuring you receive quality dental care promptly.

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About Root Canal Treatment:

Usually, root canals are recommended or needed when there is an infection deep within the tooth. The pulp inside the tooth can become infected with bacteria because of an injury or a severe, untreated cavity. 

Without treatment, the infection may progress to cause significant pain or cause the formation of an abscess underneath the tooth, which affects the strength and function of the tooth.

Root canal treatment can help maintain the teeth’ function so that patients may continue to chew effectively using normal biting force. It also helps to keep the tooth’s natural aesthetic appearance, in contrast to alternative options, such as dental implants. 

When is a Root Canal Needed?

  • Severe toothache
  • Intense pain while biting or chewing
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swollen or tender gums near the problem tooth
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Darkening or discolouration of the tooth
  • Recurring pimple-like bumps near the infected tooth
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Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

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Preservation of Natural Tooth

Retain your natural tooth and avoid extraction.

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Pain Relief

Alleviate the severe pain associated with tooth infections.

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Improved Oral Health

Prevent the spread of infection to neighbouring teeth.

Root Canal Treatment Procedure

1. Initial Consultation

Our team conducts a thorough examination, including X-rays, to assess the extent of the infection and determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

2. Anaesthesia 

Before starting your root canal treatment, your tooth will be fully numbed with a local anaesthetic to ensure a pain-free procedure.

3. Pulp Removal

A small opening will be made on the top of your tooth to expose the infected pulp. The dentist will then clear the diseased pulp from within the tooth using dental files, with special attention given to cleaning the canals within your tooth.

4. Tooth Filling

After completely removing the infected materials from the tooth, your dentist will confirm that your tooth is free of symptoms and ready for sealing. A temporary filling will be placed until your dental crown/inlay/onlay is prepared.

5. Crown Fabrication

Following the completion of root canal treatment, the treated tooth is trimmed and prepared for digital scanning or impression taking.The crown is then crafted in the laboratory.

6. Crown Placement

On your second visit, the dentist will affix a permanent crown onto your tooth. In some cases, a small supporting post may be inserted into your tooth to reinforce the stability of the crown (depending on the severity of your condition).

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Root Canal Treatment FAQs

  • Do not eat until the numbness is completely gone
  • Avoid biting hard foods on the treated tooth to reduce the risk of fracture until the tooth is fully restored by your general dentist.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene. Practise regular brushing and flossing around the treated tooth to ensure optimal oral health.
  • You may experience some discomfort for the first few days after the treatment. You may take some analgesics to relieve the discomfort.
  • Get a dental crown placed to minimise the risk of fracture.

Root canal treatment duration varies based on the case’s complexity. It can be completed either in a single session or across multiple visits (typically 2-3 visits).

The entire procedure is performed under local anaesthesia, making it no more painful than a routine tooth filling or a wisdom tooth surgery. While the affected area may cause some discomfort and slight soreness post-surgery, these sensations typically subside within a few days.

Root canal treatment has a high success rate of 85% – 95% depending on the condition of the tooth. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.

A root canal-treated tooth is susceptible to fracture without a crown. A crown is usually compulsory. You will be referred back to your dentist for the crown once the root canal treatment is completed. At DP Dental, we go a step further by offering the convenience of same-day crowns, milled in-house, ensuring you receive comprehensive and prompt dental care.

Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth. Our aim is to save your natural teeth through root canal treatment when possible.

However, if a tooth is beyond repair and needs to be extracted, an implant is one option for replacement. Keep in mind that replacement procedures are often more expensive and take more time compared to getting a root canal and a crown.

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