Usually, the first reaction people have when they hear the words ‘root canal’ is one of horror and fear. Images of excruciating pain, botch jobs, mounting expense and tears jump to mind. But root canal treatment is a misunderstood procedure. Forget everything you think you know and allow us discredit those prevalent myths which give root canals such a bad reputation.
What is root canal treatment?
Formally known as endodontics, root canal treatment is prescribed when the patient has an infection inside their tooth.
The infection can occur due to a number of reasons, including tooth decay, leaky fillings and damage to the teeth. When the blood or nerve supply of the tooth gets infected, this can be extremely painful – a signal that you need root canal treatment as soon as possible.
The treatment is an alternative to having the tooth completely removed. Most procedures have up to 90% success rate when performed by a qualified dentist, saving the tooth and ensuring it will last just as long as the rest of your teeth.
Usually two or three sessions are required to ensure that the infection is fully removed.
What happens during a root canal?
The dentist will drill a hole through the flat top of your tooth, so they can access the canal and the soft tissue (dental pulp) at the centre. Then they will carefully clean out the infected nerves and pulp before enlarging and cleaning the canal in preparation for the next step.
After the infection has been successfully removed, the root canal will be filled with sealant. You will most likely be offered a filling or crown to protect the tooth and prevent further problems.
Is it really as painful as I’ve heard?
There is no discomfort during the procedure, due to the use of modern anaesthetics. Before the dentist begins the treatment, he will ensure that the tooth and area surrounding it is completely numb.
When a root canal is done professionally, by a dentist who is attentive and cares about customer experience, then, apart from some tenderness after the procedure, you should feel no pain. Any soreness afterwards can be treated by over-the-counter painkillers.
Why is the treatment so expensive?
The price depends on the extent of the infection and the type of tooth the infection is in. Teeth towards the back of your mouth (molars) can have up to three canal channels. Therefore, the price will reflect the extra work needed to treat the tooth.
Isn’t it easier and cheaper just to remove the tooth?
Whilst extraction may seem like the easier option, it could actually create more problems. You may have difficulty chewing food due to the loss of the tooth. Or aesthetically, you may need a denture, bridge or dental implant. These problems would need extra expense to correct, making root canals more economical in the long term.
When considering root canal treatment, always make sure you choose qualified dentists with the required experience and skill to perform it.
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