Root Canal Therapy is necessary when a tooth is so badly damaged by physical force that the pulp in the centre is injured or deadened, or it becomes infected due to a deep cavity or crack.
Contrary to popular belief, root canal therapy isn’t particularly painful – it’s the infection before the root canal that hurts the most. After we treat your infection with antibiotics for several days most of your pain will be relieved, and we can properly treat your tooth.
Root Canal Therapy can Save Your Natural Tooth
When the pulp in your tooth becomes infected, a successful root canal treatment lets you keep the tooth rather than having to pull it out. You won’t have to replace it with an artificial tooth.
What Happens During a Root Canal?
During a root canal, we numb the tooth, remove the infection, the nerve, and the blood supply inside, and clean the cavity. We then fill the tooth canal, seal the hole in the tooth, and sometimes put a crown over the tooth to protect it. (After a root canal, a tooth becomes brittle and is more susceptible to breaking.) You should feel instant relief, and if you have any increased sensitivity, it should only last for a couple of days. Check out the graphic below for a better understanding of the steps of a root canal:
We do Everything We Can to Make you Feel Comfortable
At Richmond Family Dental, we know that Root Canal Therapy makes some patients feel anxious, so we do everything we can to make sure that you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Dr Grace Mathew will talk you through the process so that you know what is going to happen, listen to your concerns, and treat you with gentleness and care.
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