In this page you will get answer to common questions about root canaltreatment.

A tooth is composed of two hard tissue layers, enamel and dentin, and the innermost vital tissue, the pulp. It provides sensation and nourishment to the tooth and surrounding tissue.

Through a deep dental cavity, tooth injury, or a crack or chip in the tooth bacteria can enter the tooth. Once in, the bacteria multiply and start damaging the pulp by causing infection.

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Left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to the infection spreading to surrounding gum tissue or bone, swelling in other parts of the face, head, or neck, and even tooth loss.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal treatment is a removal of the entire pulp tissue throughout the root canal system within a tooth, followed by cleaning and filling the space. A dental filling is then placed over the tooth.

Reasons your dentist might recommend a root canal

  • Extensive decay or a deep dental cavity that can’t be treated by a simple filling because the pulp and nerves are also involved
  • A broken tooth
  • Repeated fillings of the affected tooth that keep coming off

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

“I would rather have a root canal”!

Have you heard of this phrase? Contrary to the popular belief, root canal treatment is not a painful procedure at all. You won’t feel any pain during the procedure as your tooth will be completely numb.

What is a Root canal treatment procedure?

  • The affected tooth and its surrounding area is numbed
  • A small opening in the top of the tooth is made to access the pulp tissue
  • The infected tissue is removed, and the chamber is disinfected to the root end
  • The space is cleaned, filled, and sealed.
  • A filling is placed over the tooth.
  • Your dentist might recommend a dental crowns over the tooth if needed.
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Will I experience discomfort or pain after the procedure?

You might experience slight discomfort on biting, a few days following your treatment. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers can be taken for this discomfort. Avoid chewing from that side and try using the other side until a permanent restoration such as a crown is placed over the treated tooth.

How can I prevent a root canal in the future?

  • Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Good oral hygiene habits to keep your teeth and gums healthy
  • Avoid foods and beverages high in sugar to prevent decay.
  • Regular dental visits.

How long does a root canal procedure take?

The treatment is typically done in 1-3 appointments. A session typically takes only an hour depending on each patient’s condition, but your dentist will discuss all details with you prior to treatment.

What is the best option? Tooth Extraction or Root Canal

While extracting the infected tooth seems to be an alternative to a root canal, it isn’t a good solution unless there is no other available option to save the damaged tooth. Extracting the tooth will also cost you more in the future, as the missing tooth would need a dental implant or dental crown and bridge.

Contact Your Fortitude Valley Dentist Today

If you have any questions regarding  any other dental treatments, contact us at Amitis Dental Studio, we look forward to seeing you soon and helping you with your dental treatment needs.