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Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy or root canal treatment is a common procedure in dentistry to save an infected and painful tooth from being extracted.

Symptoms that indicate you may need root canal treatment:

  • Spontaneous and continuous pain in tooth;
  • Hot and cold drinks and foods cause sharp pain in tooth;
  • Biting or chewing causes pain in tooth;
  • Tooth feels a bit loose and tender to touch;
  • Gum swelling around the tooth;
  • Facial swelling.

What happens during a root canal procedure?

Step 1: After diagnosis and confirmation of the offending tooth, local anaesthetic to numb the tooth.

Step 2: Similar to that of a dental filling, your dentist makes a small opening on top of the tooth, and remove infected nerve from inside the offending tooth. This means that by the time your anesthetic wears off, the intensity of pain you originally experienced will be less, and your body begins to heal as it responds to the root canal treatment.

Step 3: It is recommended to return and complete your root canal treatment within a month of initial pain relief visit. At your return visit, your dentist will carry out similar procedure to ensure the tooth roots are completely free of bacteria before filling in the voids to keep the bacterial overgrowth to minimum and to ensure a more successful outcome.

Step 4: In most cases, a crown or an onlay is recommended for added protection. Your dentist will discuss this with you.

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