The Risks Of Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is incredibly common, but like any other procedure, comes with its risks. If you’re about to undergo root canal treatment, you might be feeling anxious about what’s involved or put off the treatment entirely. Our experts in Derby can help settle any fears about your treatment and help you feel at home in our dental practice. Read on to find out more about root canal and what’s involved.

What is a root canal?

It’s a treatment that helps clean an infection out of your tooth. When a tooth’s enamel – that’s the outer surface – breaks down, it becomes susceptible to decay. This means that a hole or cavity can develop in the tooth, exposing the bundle of nerves inside it (called the pulp). If an infection takes hold, root canal treatment will help combat it.

Why have a root canal?     

An infection is unlikely to get better on its own. In fact, it could get worse, or even spread to other areas of the tooth, mouth or even around the body. It’s important to get infections treated as quickly as possible to prevent any complications, and relieve pain and discomfort too.

What does a root canal involve?

There are three main steps.

Step 1: pulp removal
First, any inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth.

Step 2: cleaning
Next, the tooth is cleaned and treated.

Step 3: filling
Finally, a filling is placed to seal the tooth and strengthen it.

What are the risks?

The most common complication of a root canal is the filling failing after being placed, meaning a new filling needs to be created. In some cases, reinfection can occur too, but this can be prevented with a good standard of oral care and by the dentist completing the treatment correctly and thoroughly. Finally, issues like tooth cracking or dullness can occur, though in some of these scenarios, a crown could help remedy the situation.

How do I have root canal treatment?

Talk to our dental experts in Derby, and we’ll arrange an appointment to work out the best treatment for you. We can also advise on how to care for your teeth in general, to prevent decay, infection and future root canals.

Get in touch via our contact page, and we’ll find a date and time to suit you. We look forward to welcoming you to our Derby practice soon.