Root canal infections cannot be treated with antibiotics. However, antibiotics can help reduce infection to allow the anesthetic to work during the procedure. The bacteria has to be physically removed during root canal treatment.
At Willow Dental, our root canal treatment involves cleaning and sealing the tooth in order to relieve pain and eliminate infection. Without root canal treatment, tissue becomes infected and abscesses can form. Root canal therapy has a high success rate of more than 95%. Teeth that have had a root canal can last a lifetime in some cases.
An X-ray will be used to determine whether a bacterial infection has damaged the pulp, in which case a root canal procedure will be needed. Symptoms include pain while eating (biting or chewing), swollen gums, the presence of pus, facial swelling and a discoloured tooth.
Root canal therapy can be completed in as few as two visits to our clinic. We’ll first provide a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth. After this, the root canal treatment is completed in a few simple steps. We create a small opening in the top part of the tooth in order to remove damaged pulp and clean the tooth. We then close the opening with a temporary filling while you wait comfortably for a permanent crown to replace it. The last step is performed after a couple of weeks, when the dentist will place a permanent crown on top of the tooth.
Following your root canal, it is important to stay on top of your oral health by brushing twice a day.