Root canal treatment is often done on teeth that have severe sensitivity, tenderness to biting, decay that has reached the nerve, or after trauma. In some scenarios, you may not have even felt any pain until after the nerve has died. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected nerve inside the tooth and replacing the empty space with a biocompatible filling material.
● The procedure involves the same dental anaesthesia as if a filling were to be done. A small entry hole is made into the nerve of the tooth, which is then cleaned with specialised thin dental instruments called files. Multiple x-rays are taken in order for your dentist to adequately clean the inside of the tooth. The empty space is then filled with a material that is biocompatible in the mouth. Root canal treatment is often done over 3 appointments.
● Root canal treatment is necessary to get rid of the infected nerve tissue, however the tooth inevitably becomes brittle and prone to fracture. It is highly recommended that a crown is placed after root canal treatment, in order to protect it for multiple years to come. If coverage is not provided, you may be left with a broken tooth in the future.
● The tooth may darken after root treatment since the nerve and blood vessels of the tooth have been removed. Your dentist can inform you on ways to improve the colour of your darkened tooth.
● Root canal treatment usually has a success rate of 90-94% if done correctly.
● There are situations where you may have to see a specialist in order to complete the root canal treatment.
● The cost of a root canal treatment depends on how many nerve canals are inside the tooth (ranging from a single canal up to 4).