What is a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and overtime invade the tooth. This can happen after: getting leaky fillings, tooth decay, damage to teeth as a result of trauma.
Root canal treatment process
A root canal procedure is relatively simple. The dentist needs to clean out the infected pulp and fill the canals. Depending on the size of the decay, patients might be recommended to get a temporary crown after the procedure. 1. Preparing the area 2. Accesing and cleaning the roots 3. Shaping the canals 4. Filling the canals 5. Filling to the access hole 6. Healing and antibiotics 7. Adding the crown.
Post treatment care
- After your procedure, your endodontist will send you home with instructions for pain management and how to care for your tooth while recovering.
- The treatment process might take up a week (two sessions in total) As the medication used to numb your mouth during the procedure wears off, you may feel some tenderness in the area for a couple days as everything heals.
- Root canal treatment can be applied at any age, but different treatments may vary depending on the patient. Root canal treatment is not painful and can save a tooth that might otherwise have to be removed completely.
- Most post treatment symptoms are temporary and respond well to over the counter medication such as pain killers. If needed your doctor may decide to prescribe stronger medications.