A root canal is a dental treatment that repairs a damaged or infected tooth. A child who still has primary teeth can easily have a damaged tooth removed – a new one will later grow in its place. But for anybody else, a root canal is a necessary procedure so that you can remove the problem whilst keeping your tooth.
From the outside, a tooth may look relatively simple and solid, but it is actually an advanced structure of different layers. Inside the centre of your tooth is the pulp. This pulp contains connective tissue, blood vessels and nerves. When a tooth is damaged, this pulp can become exposed, creating a risk of infection. A root canal can remove damaged or infected pulp, restoring your tooth to health.
A root canal treatment is usually initiated with an x-ray so that the dentist can get a good look at any damages.
In the procedure, an opening will be made in the crown of the patient’s tooth to gain access to its inner pulp. The infected or diseased pulp is then delicately removed. A dental dam will be utilised to ensure that no unwanted materials come into contact with your exposed pulp. A local anaesthetic will ensure that the treatment is pain-free. In fact, doing nothing with a damaged or infected tooth will be more painful than the operation procedure itself.
If you are looking for a root canal treatment, Brisbane residents are always welcome at Newstead Dentistry.
When is a Root Canal Needed?
A root canal is needed when you have a damaged or diseased tooth. An impaired tooth is usually detected through pain. This will be felt when biting or chewing food but can also be unprompted. Your tooth will become a lot more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Swelling of the gums and tooth looseness can also be present. In extreme cases, the gum surrounding your tooth can ooze pus and your face can swell. If a root canal procedure is not completed, you could lose your tooth and the infection could spread.
How to Prepare for a Root Canal
If you have an approaching root canal appointment there are several ways you can prepare.
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco for 24 hours. These products can dry your mouth and affect your blood flow, causing complications with a root canal.
- Eat a good meal. The anaesthetic will leave your mouth feeling numb and make it difficult to eat. This sensation will last for several hours, so it’s best to eat beforehand.
- Don’t stress. The dentist can be an anxiety-inducing experience for many. But remember, you are in the hands of an expert. At Newstead Smiles, we are committed to creating a compassionate and judgement free space for those who struggle with dental work.
- Plan. It is recommended that you avoid strenuous activities for at least 48 hours after a root canal. Keep this in mind when planning the days following your procedure.
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