Root Canal Therapy
Root canal services are required when the nerve of a tooth is directly affected by bacteria and begins to decay. A root canal is usually done by removing nerves, bacteria and any living tissue that remains in the tooth. The gap left by the preliminary procedures will then be filled with sterile, medicated materials that will allow the tooth to regain its full function.
Are Root Canals painful?
Local anaesthesia makes treatment painless. While there may be some discomfort for a brief period after treatment, this can be controlled with aspirin strength medications.
Why can't I use Antibiotics to make the abscess go away?
Unfortunately, when a tooth is infected, the blood supply (pulp) running through the tooth is affected as well. As a result, there is no way to conduct the antibiotics to the needed area. They do however, assist in controlling and eliminating infection in the surrounding bone before and after root canal therapy.
Will my tooth last forever after treatment?
Root canal therapy has been reported to be up to 95% successful. Many factors influence the treatment outcome: the patient’s general health, bone support around the tooth, strength of the tooth including possible fracture lines, shape and condition of the root and nerve canal(s) and continued follow-up care with your general dentist. Although we cannot guarantee the successful outcome of root canal procedures, you can be assured that the most advanced techniques and treatments modalities will be performed to ensure the best prognosis possible.
What will happen to my tooth after Root Canal Therapy?
It will be necessary for you to see your dentist to have a permanent filling placed or a cap (crown) made for the tooth. Your dentist will assist you in choosing the most suitable kind of restoration.