Root Canal Treatment

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Root Canal Treatment

You will require a Root Canal to repair or save a tooth where the pulp inside is infected or badly damaged due to decay or injury.

The pulp inside the tooth can become infected with bacteria due to its exposure and without treatment, the infection can worsen and spread leading to a painful abscess or the tooth will need to be removed.

Your dentist will remove the infected tooth pulp, clean inside and disinfect it before filling and sealing it. The term Root canal comes from cleaning the canal of the tooth’s root.

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How is a Root Canal Performed?

Firstly, we will take an X-ray to ensure you need a root canal and show us where the decay is and how much of the pulp is decayed.

We will then administer a local anaesthetic to the infected tooth. Once we establish that you cannot feel anything on the affected tooth, we then make a small opening and remove the infected pulp.

We then clean and dry the inside of the tooth and fill it with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha and seal it off with cement.

Is a Root Canal Painful?

A Root Canal isn’t as scary as it sounds. At Bromsgrove Dental we use the most modern technique and equipment so that your Root Canal is relatively comfortable and completed as quickly as possible without pain and discomfort.

Can I continue as normal after my Root Canal?

Just like the rest of your teeth, you will need to take care of the tooth that has undergone a Root Canal Treatment. Try using an antibacterial toothpaste for at least 12 hours and ensure you brush twice a day and floss as normal.

Avoid chewing on hard foods for a few days to ensure the cement is fully set. You may also require a follow up appointment and X-ray to ensure the infection has gone but you dentist will advise any steps to take following the procedure.