Emergency root canal

Don’t suffer from badly decayed teeth

If you have badly decayed teeth, let us help! At Dental on York, we use the latest technology to treat tooth decay. Severe tooth decay can lead to tooth loss which may cause long term dental issues. A root canal treatment can save your natural tooth. Some patients feel anxious at the thought of a root canal treatment, but it’s a routine procedure for our experienced dentists. Don’t worry, patient comfort is our number one priority. 

When is a root canal procedure recommended?

A root canal procedure may be recommended if you have a badly infected tooth. The main cause of root canal infection is severe tooth decay. This decay can be as a result of untreated cavities, cracks and chips in your teeth. 

It begins in the enamel (the outer layer of your tooth) then spreads to the dentin (middle layer) and eventually reaches the pulp (innermost layer located in the tooth’s canal). Once the decay reaches the pulp it can become infected. This is because bacteria has been able to enter. It is known as a root canal infection.  

The only way to treat this infection is with root canal treatment. Luckily, when treated early the infection can usually be safely eradicated and your natural tooth can be saved. The earlier you treat it the better, so give us a call if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms. 

Signs and symptoms of needing root canal treatment

Noticing the signs of an infected tooth isn’t always easy without the help of a dentist. However, there are a few signs to watch out for, these include:

  • A visible hole or crack in your tooth
  • Significant tooth pain that doesn’t go away
  • Swelling on your cheeks and neck
  • An abscess on the gum (may look like a little pimple)
  • Discolouration 

What does a root canal procedure involve?

A root canal procedure involves removing the infected pulp from inside your tooth. This procedure is done under local anaesthetic to maximise patient comfort. Here are the general steps of a root canal procedure:

  1. Your tooth and surrounding area have to be numbed 
  2. A special dental tool is used to clean out your infected canals 
  3. The inside of your tooth is thoroughly disinfected
  4. Your canal is filled with a special rubber substance called gutta-percha (this prevents reinfection from occurring)
  5. A crown is placed on top of your canal to offer further protection (if you require it)

This entire procedure is usually done in one appointment thanks to our CEREC machine (if a crown is needed to complete the procedure). There is minimal downtime. The anaesthetic takes a few hours to wear off. So, the main thing to be wary of is not biting the insides of your mouth while the area is still numb.There may be a little sensitivity for the first 24 to 48 hours. We recommend that you stick to soft foods during this time. 

FAQs about root canal treatment

A root canal procedure is your best chance of saving a badly infected tooth. We have found that many patients feel anxious about undergoing the procedure. So, we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we get from patients. If you’d like to know more then give us a call. We’re always happy to answer questions about our services over the phone.

Does a root canal treatment hurt?

With modern dentistry root canal treatments are said to be no more painful than a filling. At Dental on York we use the latest dental equipment and technology. We also use local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Patient comfort is our top priority, we do everything we can to ensure you’re calm and relaxed during the entire procedure. 

How long is the recovery time after a root canal procedure?

Most patients are back to their normal activities just one day after the procedure. There may be slight discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure which can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. It‘s recommended that you stick to soft foods and liquids for the first 24 hours following your treatment. After this you can return to your normal diet. Your dentist will advise you on any specific aftercare instructions for your circumstances. 

What happens if I don’t have a root canal procedure?

If your dentist recommends a root canal procedure and you decide not to go ahead there are a few risks. If the area is badly infected it can spread to your face, bone and bloodstream. Once the infection has killed the tooth it needs to be extracted. This can be more uncomfortable and expensive than a root canal procedure. A missing tooth can lead to a lifetime of oral health problems. It’s better to prevent this from happening by undergoing a root canal procedure. 

Can I prevent a root canal infection from occurring?

Yes, with good oral hygiene habits you can prevent the need for a root canal procedure. This means brushing your teeth twice a day using a fluoride based toothpaste and don’t forget to floss! You should also have a check-up with your dentist once every six to nine months. Your dentist can check for any early signs of decay or infection. 

Are you experiencing dental pain and discomfort? Make an appointment with one of our experienced dentists today.