Lets Talk about Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment, often surrounded by misconceptions and anxiety, is a common dental procedure that can save a severely damaged or infected tooth. If you’ve been told you need a root canal, understanding the process can help alleviate any concerns you may have. Let’s walk you through what to expect during a root canal treatment.

Consultation and Diagnosis:

At Renew Dental Lounge, we will begin with a thorough examination and probably take X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. A diagnosis will be made to determine whether a root canal treatment is necessary and whether you need referral to our specialist network.

Preparation and Anaesthesia:

Before the procedure, we will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the affected tooth and the surrounding area. A rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry during the procedure.

Accessing the Root Canal:

We will create a small opening in the tooth’s crown to access the pulp chamber and root canals.

Removing the Infected Tissue:

The infected or damaged pulp tissue is carefully removed using specialised instruments. The root canals are cleaned and shaped to prepare for the filling.

Cleaning and Disinfecting:

The root canals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to eliminate any bacteria. The tooth is usually dressed with a medicine to help settle the tooth down and sealed with a temporary filling. This is often left for a week or two to heal.

Filling the Root Canals:

Once cleaned, the root canals are filled with a biocompatible material, typically gutta-percha, to seal the space and prevent further infection.

Permanent Restoration of the Tooth:

Once the roots have been filled a permanent restoration is placed. In the case of back teeth a crown is necessary to provide additional protection and restore the tooth’s strength.

Post-Treatment Care:

You may experience some discomfort or mild pain after the procedure, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Long-Term Benefits:

A successful root canal treatment can save your natural tooth, preventing the need for extraction. With proper care, a treated tooth can function normally for many years.

Understanding the root canal process can help alleviate anxiety and provide you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your dental health. If you have any concerns or questions about your upcoming root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to discuss them with the team at Renew Dental Lounge. Remember, a root canal can be a crucial step in preserving your oral health and maintaining a confident smile.

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