The aim of a root canal is to save a tooth that is badly damaged due to decay, trauma of infection. People choose to save their teeth as they function better than artificial teeth, your own tooth is usually stronger and more efficient in chewing food. Other major advantage of saving your tooth is that they still have their attachment with the gums and can help you feel the hardness of the food you are biting on. Cleaning and maintenance is much easier with your own tooth. Root canals are successful in most cases. If you take good care of the treated tooth, it may last for many years.
The decision to perform a Root canal will be made only if the tooth is saveable. Should we think Root canal to be inappropriate, we might recommend you extraction to be the best and only option. Dentists at Health Precinct are trained to perform Root Canal treatments with the state-of-the-art Rotary equipment. However, complex cases will be referred to a specialist- Endodontist.
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Symptoms include pain, sensitivity to heat and cold, discolouration and soreness. There might be associated swelling too. Timely performed root canal procedure are usually successful. If the symptoms are not treated on time, the infection might spread to cause an abscess that might completely damage the bone surrounding the tooth. Badly infected tooth might call for extraction when Root Canal treatment is not feasible.
After examining your tooth of interest and X-raying it, local anaesthetics are administered to numb your jaw. A sheet of latex called Rubber Dam is used to isolate the interested tooth, to keep it dry and clean. We reach the nerve of your tooth with a dental drill and special instruments are used to remove your infected nerve carefully. A special handpiece is used to clean the inside of the tooth to remove all the bacterial infected dentin. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial medicine may be put inside the root canal to help stop the inflammation and infection. You will also have to make a few visits to our practice. Pain or discomfort if any lasts only for a few days and anti-inflammatory medications like nurofen will relieve the symptoms. We do take a lot of X-rays during the treatment to assure precise work.
Performing a root canal does not mean your tooth is dead, it still gets all its nourishments from the tissues surrounding it. However, a root canal treated tooth tends to be weaker and discolour over time. Australian Dental Association and other literature supports strengthening the root canal treated tooth with a crown to make it structurally robust and strong enough to bear the brunt of your biting force. A crown protects the tooth from cracking or splitting, giving them a longer life and making them look natural. Root canal treatment does not immunise the tooth or gums surrounding it from infections. It is important to maintain hygiene by thorough brushing and flossing regularly.
Please call 07 4788 0111 to book an appointment and talk to our team about the root canal treatment.