Root canal facts

Here at KentEndo the team are constantly looking to ensure that you have the necessary information prior to starting root canal treatment.

In this month’s blogs the team look at some key root canal treatment facts.

Root canal treatment is used to remove nerves from the pulp of a tooth.Root canal treatment

The root canal is the hollow section of the tooth that contains the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells, known as the pulp. During root canal treatment the dentist will remove everything that is inside the root canal, before decontaminating the now hollow area and then filling it with an adhesive cement to prevent the tooth from becoming re-infected.

Root canal treatment is a pain-relieving treatment.

The pain that most people associate with a root canal treatment is not from the treatment but from the original infection. The treatment does not cause pain but helps to alleviate it. Some tenderness following the procedure is normal and should only last a few days. Over the counter pain killers should be enough to relieve it

Even if the pain is gone you will still require treatment.

Tooth infections do not heal on their own. Root canal treatment is essential to preserve the tooth and prevent the infection from spreading. If the condition is left untreated it can lead to further dental complications and can affect your general health.

Some root canals can be completed in one appointment.root canals

Typically, root canal treatment can be completed in one or two appointments. Any additional appointments will be to review the tooth to check the treatment has been successful.

Root canal treatment has a high success rate.

Root canal treatments have an 85% success rate, so you can feel confident in getting a good outcome following treatment.

Root canal treatment can be cheaper than an extraction.

Root canal treatment prices will vary but it is usually a less costly option, than having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, denture, or dental implant.

Tips for The Prevention of Root CanalsThe Prevention of Root Canals

  • Practice proper dental hygiene by brushing twice a day and cleaning interdentally at least once a day.
  • Do not use your teeth as tools for opening bottles or packets, to prevent any types of damage from developing.
  • Use mouthguards when playing contact sports and nightguards if experiencing tooth clenching or grinding to prevent chips or cracks on the teeth.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months for the dentist to check for any developing issues.

Saving teeth is vital for the maintenance of excellent overall dental health. Remember that prevention is always better than cure. 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.