Root canal treatment, or endodontics, help to save your natural teeth from infection. We’ve heard many patients worry that root canal therapy will be painful, but we’re here to put those dental fears to rest.
Thanks to modern technology and advances in dentistry techniques, root canal treatment is a quick, easy and pain-free procedure that will help keep you smiling for longer. Here at Ten Dental + Facial, we want to help you understand the benefits of root canal treatment in deciding if this treatment is the right option for you.
What is root canal treatment?
Due to the high volume of bacteria in the mouth, teeth are prone to infection as a result. This could be caused by a broken filling, tooth decay or trauma to the teeth, and once the tooth’s blood and nerve supply known as the ‘pulp’ has started to diminish, the tooth begins to die.
The only way to solve this is through root canal treatment, whereby the pulp and nerve tissue are removed from inside the root canals. Theses are then thoroughly cleaned, filled and sealed with a special rubber material. Finally, a crown or filling is applied to the treated tooth.
One of the biggest benefits of root canal treatment is relieving patients of severe pain and inflammation to the tooth, gum and jaw. After a day or two of treatment, you will be able to eat, drink and talk normally whilst retaining your natural smile.
Avoid tooth extractions
Another benefit of root canal treatment is that you can walk away from clinic with your natural tooth intact. It saves the need for more extensive treatment such as tooth extraction. This often leads to having dentures, dental implants, bridges or other tooth replacement options, which requires more follow-up appointments and can result in higher costs in the long term. Of course, if the tooth has become too damaged beyond repair, tooth extraction is the best solution to prevent further infection.
Finally, root canal can also enhance the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Infected teeth may have become discoloured because of bacterial build-up allowing them to stain easily. Crowns can cover any discolouration and be colour-matched to the rest of your teeth for a natural-looking smile.
Performed by specialist endodontists
Ten Dental provides the highest standard of root canal treatments using the latest treatment methods to remove infection and damaged nerves effectively.