Root canal treatment (Endodontic)
The aim of root canal treatment (endodontic treatment) is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. Most people prefer to save their teeth because generally it will function better than an artificial tooth. Your own tooth is usually stronger and more efficient for biting and chewing. Cleaning and maintenance of a natural tooth is much easier. The entire treatment is done under local anaesthesia to ensure that you are completely pain-free.
Root canal treatment process
1st stage (Pulp Extirpation)
Infected nerve and inflamed tissues within the tooth are removed
Medication placed within the tooth to kill bacteria and encourage healing hence significantly relieving the tooth from pain
2nd stage (Chemo-Mechanical preparation)
Nickel-Titanium instruments to thoroughly disinfect and shape the root canals to accommodate the root filling material
3rd stage (Root canal filling)
The root canals are completely filled to ensure that bacteria do not enter again. This process is completely pain free and concludes the entire root canal treatment process.
Root canal treatment usually requires at least 2 separate visits (not more than 2 weeks apart to prevent new bacteria from entering the root canal) to allow the dentist to monitor any improvement. Most root canal treatments are completed within 2 visits.
How successful is Root canal treatment?
Multiple studies have shown that root canal treatment to be very successful if done under the right conditions. In our dental clinic, you can rest assure that treatment is done at the highest of standard and infection control. If taken care properly, root canal treated teeth may last for years and possibly the rest of your life.
Restoring the tooth after Root canal treatment
Root canal treatment involves removing infected nerves and tissues from within the tooth. As a result, this slightly weakens the tooth and makes it more brittle. Hence a crown/ partial-crown is recommended upon treatment completion to help protect and further seal the tooth from bacteria ingress.
In some cases, a simple filling may suffice if the tooth is deemed to be sufficiently strong by the dentist.