Root Canal Treatment
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that removes the infected dental pulp inside the middle of a tooth. It's also called endodontic treatment.
What is a root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that removes the infected dental pulp inside the middle of a tooth. It’s also called endodontic treatment.
Each tooth has a canal system which goes from the crown (top surface) to the root. A tooth has up to 4 canals containing dental pulp. The dental pulp is made up of connective tissue, nerves and blood vessels.
When you have a root canal treatment, damaged or infected dental pulp is removed from inside your tooth.
After the pulp is removed, the space is cleaned and disinfected, filled and sealed.
The surface of your tooth that is used for chewing may also be replaced with a filling or a crown.
Root canal treatment can be done by your regular dentist or an endodontist.
When might I need a root canal treatment?
If you have a badly infected or damaged tooth, root canal treatment can save the tooth. Otherwise, you may need to have it extracted (removed).
When your tooth is damaged, bacteria can get inside the tooth and multiply. This can lead to an infection or abscess in the root of your tooth.
Antibiotics alone do not work to cure root canal infections.
It’s best to save your tooth if possible. It works better than an artificial tooth for biting and chewing.
Reasons for root canal
Pricing for Root Canal
- pulpectomy @ Ksh 10,000
- Anterior Tooth @ Ksh 15,000
- Posterior Tooth @ Ksh 18,000
Structure For Root Canal
What are the symptoms of a root canal infection?
The signs and symptoms of a root canal infection include:
- severe tooth pain that does not respond to pain medication
- severe toothache when biting or chewing
- swollen and tender gums
- pus around an infected tooth
- sensitivity to hot or cold that lasts after the hot or cold item has gone
- a loose tooth
- swelling of your face or neck
- your tooth gets darker in colour
It’s also possible to have deep tooth decay without pain or discomfort. You might find out about the decay or infection when your dentist or endodontist does an x-ray.