Frequently Asked Questions
How do you know if you need a root canal?
Determining whether you need a root canal typically requires a professional dental examination and diagnosis by a dentist or an endodontist, who specialises in treating the inner structures of teeth. Here are some signs that might suggest the need for a root canal:
1. Persistent or severe tooth pain, especially when biting or applying pressure.
2. Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers.
3. Swelling and tenderness of the gums around the affected tooth.
4. Discolouration or darkening of the tooth.
5. Presence of a persistent pimple-like bump on the gum near the tooth.
6. Tooth mobility or looseness.
Remember, it’s important to consult a dental professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
What does a root canal procedure entail?
A root canal procedure, also known as endodontic treatment, involves the removal of infected or damaged dental pulp from the inside of a tooth, followed by cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing the tooth to prevent further infection. Here is a general overview of what a root canal procedure entails:
1. Examination and X-rays to assess the tooth.
2. Local anaesthesia to numb the area.
3. Creating an access hole to reach the pulp.
4. Removing the infected pulp.
5. Cleaning and disinfecting the area.
6. Filling the canals with a material called gutta-percha.
7. Restoring the tooth with a filling or dental crown.
It’s worth noting that the complexity of the root canal procedure may vary depending on the tooth’s location, the severity of the infection, and other individual factors. Your dentist will provide you with specific details and instructions tailored to your case.
Does the procedure hurt?
A root canal procedure is performed under local anaesthesia, which numbs the area and minimises pain during the treatment. Some mild discomfort or pressure may be felt, but it is typically manageable. After the procedure, there might be some temporary sensitivity or discomfort, but it can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications.