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Unfortunately, root canal treatment has been given a bad image but not because of the treatment itself, but because of its perception.
So as a trusted and gentle dentist here in Chesham, we want to assure people of one thing…
It’s not the treatment that causes root canal pain. Instead, root canal therapy is performed to relieve pain.
That’s right, our highly experienced team can get you out of pain fast.
When a tooth becomes damaged, cracked or chipped bacteria can enter the tooth via the opening and penetrate one or more of the inner tubules (tooth canals).
These canals attach the tooth root to the underlying bone. Unfortunately, root canals also house the nerves and blood vessels that support the tooth. When infection takes hold, the nerves send out pain signals. Hence root canal purgatory.
The only way to prevent the (often severe) discomfort is to remove the nerve - and by definition - the infection from the tooth and seal the canal up. That is in effect what root canal therapy does.
This entire process takes somewhere between 30 and 90 minutes depending upon the complexity of the infection.
Once this has been carried out, patients should be free to leave.
Immediately after treatment, the first thing you’ll notice is no more pain.
However, once the anaesthetic wears, off some tenderness around the gum area may be experienced. This is natural and, unlike root canal pain, should easily be brought under control using common or garden pain killers
After several weeks our Chesham dentist will remove your temporary crown (if you have one) and swap it for a permanent crown - one that blends in seamlessly with your smile.
Aside from prolonged discomfort, it’s likely that by leaving the infection, it will spread. In particularly extreme cases, infection can cause sepsis - a life-threatening condition as it spreads to other organs in the body. This is why a root canal should be considered a dental emergency.
No. Endodontic treatment (treatment that deals with the inside of the tooth) is always performed with a controlled dose of anaesthetic to numb the area. Therefore patients shouldn’t feel any discomfort during treatment.
Absolutely. Root canal treatment is a proven and effective procedure that is safe to perform.
Yes. Although the tooth will no longer contain any nerves, it should remain stable and able to aid the bite. Typically, teeth that have undergone root canal therapy function normally for many years once they have been fitted with a dental crown.
If you are currently experiencing root canal pain, please don’t suffer in silence. Contact our York House dental team on 01494 783 874 who will secure a same-day appointment.
Nervous patients are particularly welcome as we can provide you with on-site dental sedation to help you relax while we work to get you out of pain.