Want to know more about root canals? Our dentist answers your top 5 questions

Have you recently had an infected tooth? Have you been advised that having a root canal is the best solution?dentist-in-culcheth

If you are like most dental patients, the idea of having a root canal performed is not a good one. You may have read that such a procedure damages the tooth, allows the infection to spread or that it can change the colour of your tooth altogether!

If you are opting for an extraction over a root canal due to these reasons, read on!

At Bhawani’s Dental Care, our team has helped innumerable patients regain the use of damaged or infected teeth with root canals and can assure you of the advantages of this process over an extraction. Our dentist in Culcheth will guide you through the process and answer any queries you have in jargon-free language, allowing you to make an informed decision about this dental treatment.

Curious to ask our dentist in Culcheth about root canals? Your top 5 FAQs about endodontics are answered below!

Does a root canal kill the tooth?

No, it doesn’t.

As our dentist in Culcheth will tell you, a root canal is a restorative procedure performed on a tooth that has either been infected or severely damaged.

Once completed, you will be able to use your tooth to bite into or chew food and will retain the aesthetics of the tooth.

How long does the process take?

This depends on many factors.

If you are having a root canal performed on a canine tooth (with 1 root), the process will usually take 1-1 ½ hours. If you have a severe infection in a molar tooth (with 2 roots), we may decide to spread the treatment over 2 appointments as it is very delicate and needs a lot of concentration from our team.

Will the tooth change colour?

In a word, no.

There is a myth that when you have a root canal, the tooth dies and thus changes colour.

In our experience (and every other dental teams’ experience), this does not happen. In fact, once we have completed the filling of the tooth, we will top it with either a porcelain coloured filling or crown, to create an aesthetically appealing look.

Is it likely to fail?

Statistically, root canals have a high success rate.

One endodontic study found that 15 years after an endodontic procedure had been performed, 97% of patients noted no failing of the procedure and were still able to use their tooth correctly.

But as always, if you have concerns about your root canal, talk to our team.

Isn’t it just delaying my tooth being pulled?

No; a root canal is a restorative procedure, designed to repair your tooth to its former strength.

And, with the high success rate of this procedure, it is unlikely that the tooth it is done to will ever need to be pulled. If you suspect an issue with a tooth that you have had a root canal performed on, contact our team for an assessment.