Root canal treatment - Why is it worth it?
At Regent Dental Practice we have a wide experience and knowledge of root canal treatments.
We do a number of root canal treatments a year and are well familiar with the various types of treatment options.
If the tooth is badly damaged or infected, many patients seek an extraction to try to ease their pain. This is obviously a natural reaction, but here at Regent Dental we do our best to preserve our patients natural teeth and would always recommend the most conservative option available.
What is a root canal treatment?
The treatment of a root canal is done to prevent an infection from getting too serious which can lead to further complications.
Every tooth has at its core a soft tissue in dental terms named the ”pulp chamber”. The pulp chamber is connected to the base (root) of the tooth via pipe-like canals, thus giving the term 'root canal'.
The root canal is where each tooth receives its nutrients via tiny blood vessels in the canals. It is here that the internal soft tissue of the tooth can become infected and further resulting in a serious infection if left untreated.
Symtoms of root canal infection:
- Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone.
- Loose tooth
Root canal treatment involves entering the root through the top of your tooth into the pulp chamber and removal of all the toxins that have collected in the root causing the infection. The root is then filled and sealed to prevent the problem happening again in the future. Your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to fully numb the area and to ease the pain you are already experiencing from the abscess, decay or damage.
Root Canal is not a painful treatment!
The common misconception is that a root canal treatment is a painful treatment. By our experienced dentist and complete numbing of the tooth, the root canal treatment is completely painless procedure. However you may experience slight post-operative pain which can be easily countered with regular over the counter pain killers.
Cost of root canal treatment?
The cost to treat a root canal depends on many factors such as the whether the tooth to be treated is near the front of the mouth of at the back. Curvature of the canals, the degree of infection, the number of root canal sessions required and if the tooth has undergone such treatment in the past already.
Together with our experienced dentist we will always try to chose the best and more cost-effective alternative for you.
All dentists in our practice are fully qualified to perform endodontic treatment, however if your treatment proves to be complex then you may be referred to our in-house specialist Endodontist – Eleni