What is a Root Canal Treatment?

What is a root canal? Dental Treatments by Richmond Dentists Nelson NZ

A root canal is necessary when the nerve of a tooth has been damaged or infected and is often the only alternative to having the tooth extracted. Treatment involves cleaning out the nerve canals within the tooth and sealing the root with a filling, prior to the tooth being restored.

The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth's root.

The root canal procedure can be carried out painlessly, sometimes over several appointments depending on how many roots the tooth has.

Tips for Care After a Root Canal

A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Root canals have a high success rate. Here are a few ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal:

  • Practice good oral hygiene – brush teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.
  • Visit the dentist regularly – cleanings and examinations by dentists and hygienists.
  • Avoid chewing on hard foods – chewing on hard foods such as ice can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals.

Contact Richmond Dental Centre for more information and advice or book an appointment today!