My experience of Root Canal Treatment

Following my root canal treatment last month, I wanted to blog my thoughts on it and hopefully  help to reassure those people with reservations about root canal treatment that it is definitely worth giving it a go.

I first attended my regular dentist with some pain when biting down. They took x-rays and explained that there was infection present in the root of the tooth. I was given two options either the tooth could be extracted, or I could be referred for root canal treatment.

Now although root canal treatment may seem scary, once the dentist had explained the benefits of trying to save the tooth, I decided to go ahead with the root canal treatment. This was especially important for me as the tooth is visible when I smile, and I really did not want to be left with a

I was referred to Kent Endo who quickly got in touch with me to arrange an appointment. I made sure to book an early appointment to give me as little time as possible to get anxious and worried about the treatment.

When I arrived at the practice, everyone was very friendly. I was asked to complete a medical history form and was then shown to the waiting room.

The dentist gave me a local anaesthetic to ensure that the tooth was numb, and I would experience no discomfort while the treatment was completed. In order to perform the root canal treatment, the dentist must first gain access to the area inside the tooth where the nerve resides. In my case this involved removing the old filling.

For the next step the dentist will clean the interior of your tooth. To do this they will use root canal files and irrigation. Root canal files have a rough surface and when they are twisted into the tooth they will scrape and scrub the sides of the tooth’s canal, thus cleaning it out. As an additional part of the cleaning process, your dentist will wash the tooth out to help flush away any debris. This part of the treatment may seem a bit repetitive, but it is important to ensure that all the infection is removed.old filling

Once this was complete the dentist put a temporary filling over the tooth and advised me that I would need to attend for another appointment the following week.

When I attended for my second appointment the dentist assessed the tooth. The temporary filling was removed, and a permanent filling put in its place. I have been advised that I should have a crown put on the tooth as it is now rather brittle.

I felt no pain throughout the process and have not had any adverse effects to treatment. My tooth was a little sore for a couple of days but nothing some over the counter painkillers couldn’t keep at bay.root canal treatment

If your dentist advises you that you need a root canal treatment, do not fear. If you are referred to Kent Endo you can be safe in the knowledge that you will always receive the highest possible level of care, in a relaxed and calm environment. If you have any concerns or queries do not hesitate to ask one of team on 01622 225555.