Root canal treatment at the low price
Root canal treatment may be necessary if a patient's tooth has become decayed or if an injury has occurred. In such cases the tooth pulp usually becomes damaged, which can often result in a lack of blood to the area and, in turn, infection and tooth pain. Root canal treatment is essential to prevent infection from spreading, consequently saving the need for tooth extraction.
If the work is particularly complex, your dentist may refer you to a specialist in root canal treatment, known as an endodontist.
Before having root canal treatment, the dentist will take a series of X-rays of the affected tooth. This allows them to build up a clear picture of the root canal and assess the extent of any damage.
To start with, an anaesthetic is issued to the patient to ease any anxiety and to make the treatment as pain-free and comfortable as possible. The tooth is then isolated through the use of a rubber dam. This is used for sterilisation purposes and to ensure no more bacteria can enter into the infected tooth.
The dentist will open your tooth through the crown – the flat part at the top – to access the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth (pulp). They'll then remove any infected pulp that remains.
After the pulp has been removed, the dentist will clean and enlarge the root canal so it can be easily filled. The dentist will use a series of small files to enlarge the canals and make them a regular shape so they can be filled.
This part of the treatment may take several hours to complete, and may need to be carried out over a number of visits.
Your front incisor and canine teeth usually have a single root containing one root canal. The premolars and back molar teeth have two or three roots. The more roots a tooth has, the longer the treatment will take to complete.
If the treatment needs to be carried out over several sessions, the dentist may put a small amount of medication in the cleaned canal in between visits to kill any remaining bacteria. The tooth will then be sealed using a temporary filling.
At your next visit, the temporary filling and medication within the tooth is removed and the root canal filling will be inserted. This, along with a filling, seals the tooth and prevents re-infection.
Root canal treatment is usually successful at saving the tooth and clearing the infection.