Q: What will my tooth look like after treatment?
A: In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.
Q: What if it happens again?
A: Root canal treatment is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated.
Q: What if I don’t have the treatment?
A: The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth.
Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.
Q: Will the tooth be safe after treatment?
A: Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.
Q: Where can this treatment be carried out?
A: Root canal treatment is a routine dental procedure, which your dentist will be happy to do for you.
Q: What about aftercare?
A: Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.●●●