A guide to root canals from our dentist

In dental care, few procedures are as despised by patients as the root canal.

With over 100 years in dental care (and a fair few smiles saved with the procedure) for some reason, the root canal remains as unpopular as ever.

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But our team believes we know the reason why and it is due to a lack of information available to patients about this treatment.  No, it will not turn your teeth black and it will not be uncomfortable!

At Future Health Partnerships, our dentist in Chester has performed root canals on many of our patients, helping to restore the strength of their teeth and the striking appearance of their smiles. No grey teeth, no gaps and no discomfort! Great!

In the following guide, our dentist in Chester walks you through what is involved in a root canal, why one might be needed and how you can look after your tooth after this procedure has been performed.

Why would a root canal be needed?

According to our dentist in Chester, two situations are commonly seen by dental practitioners for someone needing a root canal: the first is a dental abscess or infection which has infiltrated the root of the tooth. This is usually due to decay.

The second reason is trauma. If you have had a tooth split into two due to impact, a root canal may be required to save the tooth, alongside another restorative procedure such as a crown.

Preparing for the treatment

Before our team goes forward with a root canal, we will first need to take X-rays of the affected tooth or teeth. This is so we can assess if a root canal is the best treatment for it and also assess the extent of the damage.

Alternatively, we may decide at this stage that an extraction may be a better solution or, we may pair the root canal with another procedure such as the fitting of a crown.

Procedure

When you come in to have your root canal performed, we will first numb your gum with a local anaesthetic so don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing!

We will then drill down through the tooth to gain access to the root; this hole is called a canal hence the name root canal. We will then begin the very delicate process of widening this canal and begin gently removing the source of the infection from the pulp; this is usually infected tissue.

Once this part is complete, we will begin filling the canal with a substance known as gutta-percha, which will prevent bacteria from gaining access to the tooth once the process is finished.

Finally, the canal will be topped with either a filling or a crown and the process is complete! Depending on how many roots need to be filled, this may be spread over two appointments.

Aftercare

The aftercare for a root canal is simple; maintain dental hygiene and it is unlikely that another issue with that particular tooth will occur.  But for a few days after a root canal, there may be some sensitivity in the tooth which should be easily remedied with over-the-counter pain relief. If the discomfort does not subside, contact our team.