Root Canal Treatment
At our dental practice we carry out all procedures, including root canal treatment. On this page we will go over everything you need to know about a root canal treatment. In case you are about to have a root canal treatment this information can prepare you well for the procedure.
What is a root canal treatment?
The living part of your tooth is also known as pulp. If this gets inflamed or infected you will start experiencing pain. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause more pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed.
During a root canal treatment, the nerve which is causing you pain, is professionally removed from the tooth. If this procedure is performed at an early stage then it will prevent the further inflammation or infection of the root. However, when the root itself is also ignited, then the emphasize of the treatment will be on removing the deeper lying bacteria in the root canal.
The root canal treatment; step by step
The root canal treatment will clean your tooth from any pulp inflammation or infection. After the tooth has been cleaned a filling will be placed to prevent any future infections. The following steps will guide you through the entire process.
Step 1: Making x-rays
Before the root canal treatment starts, one or more x-rays are taken from your tooth or molar. This x-ray shows how many roots and root canals are situated around the tooth. The dentist will also be able to see the length of the root and how many roots there are.
Step 2: Applying an anaesthetic
Due to the pain one can experience when having treatment near a nerve, a root canal treatment is always done using a local anaesthetic. In case the nerve has already died then there will be no need for an anaesthetic.
Step 3: Applying a rubber dam
All root canal treatment procedures are performed by isolating the tooth with a rubber dam to provide a clean and saliva-free environment. The rubber dam also functions as a way to keep any bacteria from nestling at the bottom of the root canal when exposed.
Step 4: Opening up the tooth
An opening is made in the crown of the tooth to get access to the infected or inflamed pulp within. The dentist can now remove any inflammations or infections from the tooth.
Step 5: Cleaning the root canal
NUsing small, specially designed hand or rotary files, the root canals are cleaned and shaped to a form that can be sealed. The canals are cleaned by flushing with an anti-bacterial solution.
A root canal treatment can possibly consist out of multiple treatments, as a molar has several root canals whereas a tooth only has one.
Step 6: filling the root canal
Upon having cleaned and dried the root canal, the canals are finally filled. In case it is not possible to place a filling, the dentist will instead place a crown on your tooth. This crown is handmade by a dental technician in a laboratory, in order to prevent your tooth or molar getting inflamed again after the treatment.
After the root canal treatment
The root canal treatment will relieve you of the pain you have been having. We might however ask you to revisit us shortly after the treatment to give the tooth an aesthetic finish. A year after your root canal treatment we will take new x-rays of the tooth to see if the tooth recovered well.
The cost of a root canal treatment
The cost of a root canal treatment can differ a lot due to the fact that there are many variables to take into account. Some root canal treatments only take half an hour whereas some others take two hours to complete. In addition to that, the amount of root canals as well as the complexity also have an influence on the total costs. Please contact us if you would you like more information on the cost of a root canal treatment?