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Root Canal Treatment : Frequently Asked Questions

Back in the days, it was likely possible to lose a tooth once there was a diseased nerve or damaged nerve. But in recent times, root canal treatment has made it possible to treat a damaged, injured or diseased nerve without losing your tooth. Of course, it might require more than one visit to the dentist, but in the end, you get to save your tooth. We at Smile 4 U Dental Practice in Croydon have provided answers to some of the mind-bugging questions you might want to ask about root canal treatment.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

In your mouth, some pulps are found in each tooth. These pulps supply nutrients to the tooth and connect with the root. In the case of an injury or fracture or disease, the pulp tissue dies, causing a tooth infection that can lead to loss of a tooth. Root canal therapy or treatment aims at removing the damaged pulp in the root canal, reshape the canal, seal it and prevent future infection by covering the tooth with a crown.

Why do I need root canal treatment?

As mentioned earlier, diseased pulp tissue can cause an infection that can consequently lead to the loss of a tooth. Once the infection sets in, if not treated or discovered on time, pus starts to develop at the tip of the root in the jawbone. This is called a pus pocket or abscess and can be very painful. Also, it can affect the bone around the teeth.

Normally, some people will opt for extraction of the tooth, which will leave you with a gap in your mouth, or using an implant to fill the gap. Even though tooth extraction is cheaper, it leaves you with a missing tooth. The most efficient way is root canal treatment, which removes the dead tissues and pulp, saves your tooth and employ measures to prevent future infection.

How do I choose the right dentist?

Having an appropriate dentist entails having him or her help you with diseased and injured nerves in your teeth, and also give rooms for discussions on other possible treatment options. This is one of our services at Smile 4 U Dental Practice in Croydon.

What are the causes of Pulp Nerve damage?

The major causes of pulp nerve damage are
  • Trauma to the tooth usually happens when the tooth is struck severely.
  • Physical irritation, arising from decay, spreading from tooth to the nerves.
The ultimate result is an infection, especially when bacteria comes in contact with the nerve.

What are the symptoms of Pulp Nerve Damage?

There are several symptoms which may be similar to other conditions. To be sure of these symptoms, it is advised that you schedule a visit to our dental practice to confirm. Some of the symptoms include swelling of the face, pain or sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks, or while biting and chewing.

Q – What is a Root canal?

Root canals are small, thin divisions that branch from the pulp chamber to the root.

Q – What are Dental Pulps

Pulps are tissues that provide nutrients and nerves to the tooth. They contain blood vessels, nerves and connecting tissues.

Q – What does the treatment involve

Root canal therapy involves a series of activities which include
  • Creating an opening through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber
  • Removal of the dental pulp
  • Cleaning, shaping and enlarging the root canal
  • Inserting medications into the pulp chamber and root canal to remove bacteria and prevent further infection
  • A temporary filling is used to protect the tooth before next visit to the dentist
  • Removal of temporary filling, cleaning of Pulp chamber and root canal
  • Filling of the pulp chamber and root canals, then sealing
  • Placement of gold or porcelain crown over the tooth
  • Restoration of the tooth crown
Q- Who is an Endodontist

An Endodontist is a dentist specialised who handles and treats diseases associated with dental pulps and root canals. They handle cases that are considered complex by General Dentists. At Smile 4 U, we have one of the best team of endodontists in Croydon.

Q – Duration of the restored tooth

It could last a lifetime. However, this is ensured by the continuous nourishment of treated tooth by surrounding tissue, good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist for check-ups.

Q – Are there any risks involved

This is dependent on the extent of the damage or infection before discovery and start of root canal treatment. If infection has spread to other parts of the teeth, tooth extraction may become inevitable. It is therefore important, to commence treatment of root canals, once symptoms have been noticed, thus ensuring a high success rate, as different success rates have been recorded over the years.

Q – What happens after treatment

Usually, natural tissue inflammation can cause minor discomfort. This might only last a few days and can be remedied by the use of analgesic prescribed by us. Your healing will have to be monitored by us as well with a follow-up examination. However, you will be advised to stay away from foods that are difficult to chew and to practice good oral hygiene and go for regular check-ups.

Call 020 86407586 or visit Smile 4 U Dental Practice in Croydon during our working hours for your root canal treatment and enquiries.