What is involved in root canal treatment?
The treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure you are comfortable and will follow these steps:
1 – Placement of ‘Rubber Dam’ (an isolation technique) that enables the tooth to be kept dry and prevents it from becoming infected from your saliva.
2 – Entry to the centre of the tooth (root canals) by making a small hole through the tooth, filling or crown
3 – Using specialised instruments to prepare the root canals for disinfection.
4 – Taking x-ray images to check the length of the root canals and the quality of root filling.
5 – Use of disinfectants to wash the root canals.
6 – Dressing of the tooth temporarily between appointments.
7 – Placement of a root filling material to prevent the root canals from becoming re-infected.
Once your root canal treatment is complete, your tooth may be susceptible to chipping or fracture as the blood supply to the tooth is removed, which would normally supply vital nutrients to the tooth structure. As such you should see your normal dentist to strengthen the tooth with a definitive restoration.