At The Frederick Dental Clinic, we do everything we can to save your smile. Our dentists have expertise in endodontics and if you have a troublesome tooth, we’ll do everything possible to get you smiling again.
About root canal treatment
Endodontics is the area of dentistry that deals with the tooth roots. If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, there is a chance that the pulp tissue, which contains the living material, can be affected. Once the pulp is damaged, this restricts blood flow to the tooth, and the tooth will effectively start to die. One option would be to extract the tooth, but if it’s possible to save the tooth, we may recommend root canal therapy. The pulp contains the blood vessels and nerves and this is why it’s so important to tackle dental issues early.
Root canal treatment is a procedure many people fear, but it’s actually relatively straightforward and our dentists have many years of experience in this area. The aim of root canal therapy is to remove the damaged or decayed pulp tissue and prevent infection from spreading.
Many people are anxious about having root canal treatment because they assume that it’s a very painful procedure. The truth is that treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel anything. Your dentist will numb the tooth before treatment begins and they will check that you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the process.
Once your tooth is numb, your dentist will drill into the tooth to access the root canals. They will clear the root canals to remove damaged pulp tissue and then fill them using a material called gutta percha. The root canals will then be sealed to prevent bacteria from reaching other parts of the tooth. We often recommend crowning the tooth following root canal treatment to make it stronger.
If you’re worried about a dental infection or you’re anxious about the prospect of needing root canal treatment, call us today to book an appointment. Our expert team will do everything possible to save your smile with minimal stress and no pain at all!