When your dentist has examined you and told you that you are in need of root canal treatment, are you aware of what they are recommending that you have done. Root canal treatment is often spoken about and can be expensive so let us explain what it actually involves.
What is a root canal?
This can also be referred to as endodontic treatment which is a common dental procedure that a dentist will use to treat an infection of the root canal system found in the centre of the tooth. The infection is probably caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and are able to penetrate the tooth because of something such as:
- Tooth decay
- Leaking fillings
- Trauma damage (such as a fall)
Root canal treatment may help you to avoid having a tooth removed when it becomes infected. It can help to cure your toothache and save you having to have the tooth removed for many years.
Do you have to have an anaesthetic for root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a skilled procedure that can take time to complete, it is generally therefore carried out under local anaesthetic. Your dentist will clean the inside of your infected tooth using special instruments and rinses and many dentist will use a rubber dam to help to keep the tooth clean during the procedure.
Is root canal treatment safe to have done?
A qualified dentist will ensure that your root canal treatment is very safe however, as with any medical or dental treatment there is the possibility of complications although the cases of these are rare in this specific procedure.
The above information has been sourced from https://www.mydentist.co.uk/dental-health/dental-treatments/root-canal
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