Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a treatment performed by emergency dentists to remove the inner pulp from a tooth through the root canal and is often considered one of the most painful for patients. At White Rose Dental Studio your dentist will perform your root canal treatment 100% painfree.The procedure is usually carried out when a tooth becomes infected, with the possibility of the problem spreading to different areas of the mouth and face, which could lead to a painful abscess.

Emergency dentists are required to carry out root canal treatment if an infection of the tooth’s pulp – which is the confluence of blood vessels and nerve endings that provide nutrients – is in danger of harming the overall health of the tooth. For the pulp to become infected, the decay needs to work its way through the protective layers of enamel and dentin that surround this sensitive spot. Tooth decay forms due to a build-up of plaque on the teeth, with the bacteria in plaque reacting with sugar and carbohydrates to form acid that erodes enamel and harms gum tissue.
If patients do not maintain their oral hygiene with an effective at-home routine and do not attend regular appointments with their dentist, it is more likely that cavities will develop on the tooth that can rot through to the more sensitive pulp. When a tooth becomes infected, the whole mouth can be put at risk. If the issue is detected early, it is possible to remove the infection without damaging the pulp and requiring root canal treatment. During this process, an emergency dentist will fill the cavity and the tooth will be protected against decay.
However, the procedure used to treat a severely infected tooth is certainly not as simple. Root canal treatment may be required if the pulp needs to be removed completely.

Pic Common symptoms of an infection

•Deep throbbing toothache
•Sensitivity to hot and cold due to increased pressure placed on the nerve endings as a result of the excess fluid.
•Discharge of pus from the affected area.
•High temperature
•Swelling around the face
•Redness in the affected area.

What happens during root canal treatment?
An emergency dentist’s aim during root canal treatment is to remove the pulp from inside the tooth while preserving the structure and shape. This process is usually performed under local anaesthetic, with many patients expected to attend several appointments with their dental professional.
During the procedure, a hole will be drilled into the tooth to reveal the infection and allow the dentist to remove away the pulp and infection together through the root canal. This could be carried out through a number of different root canals to ensure the infection is removed entirely. Patients often emerge from the treatment realising there was little need for worry or fear before the procedure, with most people feeling little discomfort in the days after. Upon the removal of the pulp, which keeps the teeth alive, the blood supply and essential nutrients are cut off. When the emergency dentist has removed the infected pulp from inside the tooth, the substance is replaced with a special root filler. Its use allows the tooth to remain rooted into the jawbone and the infection will be unable to return once the tooth has been refilled. A dental crown is usually placed over the root filled tooth to provide further protection, even if the outer layers were unaffected by the infection.

Alternative Treatments
Due to the serious nature of root canal treatment, the only alternative is to have the infected tooth taken out completely. This is due to the advanced stage of the infection and the limited options available to ensure the issue is reversed. Simply filling a cavity when a tooth is seriously infected does not provide enough protection and could worsen the problem. In order to avoid serious dental procedures patients need to see their dentist regularly for monitoring the health of teeth and seek treatment to treat tooth decay and cavities before they get worse. For this reason, it is important for all to attend dental appointments on a regular basis to early detect any issues before they worsen. Patients who are worried about undergoing extensive procedures, or those who suffer from dental anxiety, may ask their emergency dentist to carry out a tooth extraction to prevent the pain of a root canal. However, most dentists will advise against this in order to preserve patients natural bite.
Following the root canal procedure, the previously infected tooth does not require any additional or unusual care and attention, despite the fact that it is essentially dead. The crown will protect the tooth, so the main responsibility of the patient is to clean their teeth on a regular basis to ensure plaque and bacteria do not collect around the gums.