Root Canal

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure designed to treat infection or damage within the tooth's pulp—the soft tissue inside the tooth containing nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. This treatment can save a tooth that might otherwise need to be extracted.

Why you might need a Root Canal?

Tooth Decay: Deep decay that has reached the pulp.
Infection: Bacterial infection causing abscesses or swelling.
Injury: Trauma to the tooth that damages the pulp.
Repeated Dental Procedures: Multiple treatments on the same tooth.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

Pain Relief

Alleviates the severe toothache caused by infection or inflammation.

Preservation of Natural Tooth

Saves the natural tooth, avoiding the need for extraction and replacement.

Prevent Spread of Infection

Stops the spread of infection to surrounding tissues and teeth.

Efficient & Cost-Effective

Often quicker and less expensive than tooth extraction and subsequent replacement option.

Root Canal FAQs

Is Root Canal treatment painful?

With modern dental techniques and local anesthesia, root canal treatment is usually no more painful than getting a filling. Most patients report feeling comfortable during the procedure, and any post-treatment discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

How many appointments are needed for a Root Canal and how long does it take?

A root canal can typically be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the complexity of the case and the condition of the tooth. Your dentist will determine the number of visits needed.The duration of a root canal procedure varies depending on the complexity of the case. Generally, it takes about 60 to 90 minutes per session.

What can I expect after a Root Canal treatment?

After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. It's important to follow your dentist's aftercare instructions and maintain good oral hygiene.

How do I care for my tooth after a Root Canal?

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, and avoid chewing on hard foods with the treated tooth until it is fully restored with a crown. Attend follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process.

Will I need a crown after a Root Canal?

In many cases, a crown is recommended after a root canal to protect the tooth and restore its function, especially for back teeth that are subjected to heavy chewing forces. Your dentist will advise you on the best restoration option.

How long does a Root Canal treated tooth last?

With proper care, a root canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices are essential to ensure the longevity of the treated tooth.