The sophistication of endodontic techniques and new materials has made modern day endodontics a painless and uncomplicated procedure. Invariably, it is no different in its scope than a dental visit for a large filling. The majority of endodontic procedures are done in a single appointment. State-of-the art local anaesthesia (freezing) techniques are always used in conjunction with relaxants to minimize stress and anxiety; nitrous oxide sedation is available as well. Upon completion of your treatment, we immediately communicate with your referring dentist so that follow-up treatment for restoring and protecting your tooth can be provided by them by them at the earliest opportunity. It is important that you contact your dentist for this treatment after your final visit with us. The tooth is finished with a permanent seal over the root canal system and a temporary filling in the access chamber which your dentist will remove and replace.
Does the root canal procedure hurt?
You will be completely numb during the procedure. Dr. Ego-Osuala is well versed in a wide variety of anaesthesia protocols to ensure that you will feel nothing whatsoever during the procedure. There may indeed be post operative sensation, but for the most part, this is manageable with a specific regimen of over-the-counter medication.
Can antibiotics cure a root canal infection?
Unfortunately not………Antibiotics are indicated when there is swelling, a temperature, or other systemic signs of infections. Antibiotics may be useful to diminish symptoms such as biting pain before the root canal can be started, and may help prevent some types of post treatment pain involved with having the root canal performed. However, antibiotics cannot cure a root canal infection because the source of infection is inside the tooth where there is no blood supply. Therefore there is no mechanism to deliver the antibiotics. The cure is the complete cleaning, shaping and obturation of the contaminated root canal space.