Root Canal Treatment in Letterkenny

Root canal treatment is a procedure performed on a tooth with a dead or dying nerve that cannot be saved. Acting swiftly is crucial to preserve the tooth, as a dead nerve can lead to discolouration and decay. The treatment involves cleaning out the affected nerve from the root canal and filling it with an inert material, typically gutta percha.

The root canal procedure can often be done without local anaesthetic. After cleaning, the canal is irrigated with medical solutions and disinfected using ozone therapy to reduce bacterial contamination. Some teeth have a single root canal and can be filled to rebuild the tooth, while others with multiple canals, especially at the back of the mouth, may require a crown and special core with posts. Here at O3 Dental in Letterkenny, we use the K3 system for most root canal treatments, offering a minimally invasive and non-surgical approach.

We empathise with the fact that the idea of a root canal can be anxiety-inducing for some patients. But, rest assured, at our dental practice, Dr. Flanagan is committed to ensuring your comfort and well-being every step of the way. With his specialised training and expertise in performing root canal treatments, along with our state-of-the-art facilities and strong dedication to hygiene, we strive to provide you with a smooth and stress-free experience. So, if you find yourself in need of a root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we are here to restore your dental health and bring back your beautiful smile.

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Surgical Root Canal Treatment

Because most problems requiring a traditional non-invasive root canal will cause you pain, you will likely have visited the dentist urgently, in time for us to perform the traditional tooth-saving root canal. The most common need for surgical root canal treatment, or endodontic surgery as it is otherwise known, is when infection persists after a traditional root canal procedure.

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What does it involve?

Surgical root canal involves opening up the gum area to reveal the root and surrounding tissues. In this way, we can really inspect the root closely and locate any small fractures or hidden canals that weren’t detected on x-rays or during previous treatment. If there are fractures in the root, bacteria will be getting through to the surrounding tissues and causing infection, so we will need to repair these cracks.

Often the very end of the root is removed and small filling may be placed to seal it. We use a material called Mineral Trioxide Aggregate (MTA) to seal the root. Surgical root canal may also be needed to remove calcium deposits in root canals, or to treat damaged root surfaces or even the bone surrounding a damaged root. The gum is then carefully stitched back up and the area left to heal. After a few months, the bone around the end of the root will have completely healed. This surgery is performed in our clinic with a local anaesthetic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No. We administer local anesthesia to ensure a painless procedure, making it no different from getting a regular filling. Your comfort is our priority.

The dentist will remove any infection in the root canal, clean the root, and then fill it to prevent further infections.

Though painless, the procedure is complex and requires at least two dental visits.

During the first visit, infected pulp will be removed, and any abscess drained. The root canal will be shaped and cleaned, and a temporary filling installed for a settling period.

Subsequent visits will involve checking the tooth’s progress, and once infection has cleared, the tooth will receive a permanent filling.

Modern dental methods have significantly reduced the likelihood of tooth discolouration after a root canal treatment. However, if any discolouration does occur, there are various methods available to address it. Root canal treatment is generally successful, and if any infection recurs, the procedure can be repeated as needed.
If you choose not to undergo root canal treatment, the alternative option is to have the affected tooth extracted. Once the pulp is damaged, it cannot heal on its own, making extraction a viable choice. However, we strongly advise against leaving an infected tooth untreated. While extraction can be a suitable option, we always recommend root canal treatment as the preferred choice to retain your natural teeth whenever possible.

Yes. We do, however, recommend strengthening the tooth with a crown to give it extra strength.

To ensure the longevity of root-treated teeth, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including daily cleaning with fluoride toothpaste. Additionally, incorporate other dental hygiene techniques to keep your teeth and gums healthy. We strongly recommend avoiding sugary drinks and snacks, and making regular dental check-ups with your dentist a priority for optimal dental care.

Single root canal treatment is carried out on a tooth where the nerve has died or is in the process of dying and cannot be saved. Once the nerve of a tooth is dead it can become discoloured and start to rot from the inside, so it’s important to act quickly to save your tooth.

It can be alarming to hear that you need a root canal, but try to think of it as just another type of filling – only in a deeper part of the tooth. Essentially it involves the mechanical cleaning out of the diseased nerve from in the root canal, which is then filled with an inert material, usually gutta percha (the coagulated sap of certain tropical trees).

In many cases, root canal treatment can be carried out without local anaesthetic. After the cleaning process, we irrigate the canal system with various medical solutions and then dry the canal with our final disinfection process using ozone therapy. This has been shown to vastly reduce bacterial contamination.

The single root canal is then filled with a composite material to block up the canal and save the tooth. For the majority of our root canal treatments we use a system called K3 from Sybron Endo, a well recognised and established brand in the field of root canal treatment. A classic root canal treatment is a minimally invasive type of endodontic therapy and does not require surgery.

Multiple root canal treatment is carried out on teeth at the back of the mouth which may have two or three canals and it may require filling several broken roots with composite material and rebuilding the base with a crown or a special core with posts. This is high precision dental surgery and we may need to access the root via the gum. For the majority of our root canal treatments we use a system called K3 from Sybron Endo, a well recognised and established brand in the field of root canal treatment.

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