A root canal is a dental procedure to treat infection or damage within a tooth's pulp (soft tissue). The process involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning the area, and sealing it to prevent further infection. It helps save a tooth that might otherwise need extraction. After a root canal treatment, a crown is often placed on the tooth for added protection and strength. If you have specific questions, feel free to ask.
Timescale: 5-7 days
Number of visits: 1-2
Most root canal treatments take place two appointments.
Each appointment can last anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes.
In What Cases is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?
Root canal treatment is typically recommended for individuals who have a tooth with:
- Infected Pulp: When the pulp inside the tooth becomes infected due to deep decay, a crack, or trauma.
- Inflamed Pulp: In cases of severe inflammation, even without apparent infection, a root canal may be necessary to alleviate pain and save the tooth.
- Deep Cavities: Cavities that have reached the pulp of the tooth may require root canal therapy.
- Recurrent Dental Procedures: Teeth that have undergone multiple dental procedures may benefit from a root canal to address complications and preserve the tooth.
- Abscess or Swelling: Presence of a dental abscess or swelling around the tooth, indicating infection.
Our endodonticts will assess your specific situation through examination and diagnostic tests to determine if a root canal is the appropriate treatment. If you're experiencing dental pain or suspect an issue, it's important to consult with your dentist promptly.