Putting patients at ease about this often misunderstood procedure.
‘Root canal’ .. The very words that nobody wants to hear when they visit the dentist. This procedure probably causes more concerns than any other, including an extraction. But why is this and are the fears really justified? Our Wickford dentist discusses this particular treatment below.
A root canal treatment has been used for many years now to attempt to save a tooth where the canals have been infected. Inevitably, technology and understanding of this procedure has changed over time. One factor which has probably led to a general phobia of this procedure is that, for some time, the taking of x-rays prior to the procedure was not common practice and dental abscesses went undetected. We don’t really need to go into detail for patients to understand how painful this would have made the procedure!
The reality now though, is that x-rays are routinely taken before root canal therapy is carried out. Where a dental abscess is detected, the procedure will be postponed until such time as the abscess has been fully treated, often with antibiotics.
When you arrive at the Cygnet Dental Practice in Wickford, Essex for your root canal procedure, an x-ray is taken to check for any abscesses. Providing that none are found, you will then be given a local anaesthetic to minimise any pain, indeed the procedure should be pain free. The dentist will then remove the top of the tooth, exposing the infected canals. The soft infected pulp is then removed and the canals treated to ensure that no bacteria remains. These are then filled with a special type of filling called Gutta Percha, and, in most cases, a dental crown will be used to complete the restoration of your tooth.
As the anaesthetic blocks any pain that would otherwise be felt, you should experience little or no discomfort during this procedure. Many of our Wickford patients have told us, often in surprise, that the treatment was no more uncomfortable than a regular filling.
It should always be remembered, of course, that dental treatment is there to keep your teeth as strong and healthy as possible. Whilst no-one really likes having any invasive treatment (including dentists!), it is often a necessary part of restoring your teeth to good health. We are always happy to discuss this, or any other procedure, with patients who have concerns about it, and our dental team will do all that they can to make your experience as comfortable and stress free as possible.
The Cygnet Dental Practice of Wickford can be contacted for general family dental care, or cosmetic treatments by calling us on 01268 733078.