Need a root canal? FAQs answered by our dentist
Recently had a dental infection and eager for it not to reoccur?
At Bhawani’s Dental Care, our dentist in Culcheth knows all there is to know about preventing dental infections and may recommend a root canal.
Here, our dentist in Culcheth will help you make sense of the treatment by answering 5 top FAQs that we receive. So enjoy!
Why are root canals needed?
Our dentist in Culcheth will perform root canals if a tooth has succumbed to an infection or has been broken via a trauma.
The root canal is designed to preserve a tooth that is otherwise in good condition, so you can continue to use it for eating and drinking without any bacterial infiltration.
How are they performed?
First and foremost, to prepare you for a root canal, our team will need to take an x-ray of your jaw.
After this, we may prescribe antibiotics to help relieve the discomfort you may be in. When you attend our surgical practice for the appointment, we will numb the area and gently drill down into the root of the tooth. Once there, we will slowly and very carefully remove any infected debris; depending on how many roots your tooth has, this can take multiple appointments to complete, but we will fit you with a temporary crown or filling in between them.
Once we have cleared the debris, we will then begin filling the tooth with a putty-like substance, which will prevent any further occurrence of an infection. Then we will fit either a crown or a filling to seal the treatment and protect the tooth.
Is there any aftercare?
When you get home after having a root canal performed, the area is likely to feel sensitive for a few days. We recommend managing this with over the counter painkillers and avoiding the consumption of hard foods. Other than that, once the tooth feels strong enough, you can use it as you wish!
If you notice any prolonged discomfort after the procedure, then you will need to contact our team for a follow-up appointment, as you may have an abscess forming or the root canal may have failed.
How long do they last?
With correct aftercare, a root canal can last the rest of your life.
You may be wondering how you can care for something that is below your gum line though! Well, for starters, you will need to maintain a good level of oral hygiene and you will need to see our team every 6 months for a check-up, so we can keep an eye out for signs of decay and gum disease.
Are they better than extractions?
If you want to restore your smile and keep your oral health in good condition, then there are many benefits of having a root canal over an extraction.
For one thing, having a root canal will keep the tooth looking healthy and will allow you to use it for what it was designed for; eating, grinding food or smiling. If you were to have said tooth extracted, on the other hand, you would need to ask our team about restoratives such as fitted bridges, implants or dentures.