Relieve Your Tooth From Constant Pain and Further Damage with Root Canal Therapy
Tooth infections can be excruciatingly painful. The recommended dental treatment for a severely infected tooth is root canal therapy. It can prevent further damage to the compromised tooth and the surrounding teeth. Having root canal therapy can remove the source of your pain and allow you to keep your tooth.
A root canal treatment is recommended if the dental pulp tissue becomes infected and inflamed. During this procedure, deep holes are drilled to access the tooth’s root canal and to remove active tooth decay and infection. The canal is then filled in to prevent bacteria from reinfecting the tooth.
At Joondanna Family Dental, we provide high-quality root canal treatments to patients suffering from tooth infections. Our skilled dentists are trained and qualified to perform this procedure, and we also offer sedation options for patients who are anxious about it.
Advantages of Root Canal Therapy
Pain Relief: It is quite painful when the dental pulp is inflamed or infected. One of the significant benefits of root canal therapy is pain relief. Infected or inflamed pulp is cleaned out by root canal treatment, and once the infection is eliminated, you can return to living life without excessive pain.
Joondanna Family Dental offers root canal therapy, which can provide you with significant relief from tooth pain and allow you to return to your normal activities. If you are experiencing tooth pain, we encourage you to contact us for a consultation. Our multi-disciplinary team will work with you to determine if root canal therapy is the right treatment option for you.
Prevent Extraction: An infected tooth could die without treatment and eventually need to be removed. Root canal therapy can prevent tooth loss and help you maintain your natural smile. This procedure will allow you to continue eating your favourite foods without pain or discomfort.
Joondanna Family Dental is dedicated to providing quality patient care. Root canal therapy is one way we can help preserve your natural teeth and maintain a healthy mouth in the years to come. Our team is here to help you every step of the way and will work diligently to ensure your comfort throughout the process.
Protect Other Teeth: If left untreated, dental infections can quickly spread to adjacent teeth. In order to remove the infected pulp that contains bacteria, root canal therapy is necessary. It prevents the bacteria from growing and spreading to neighbouring teeth.
At Joondanna Family Dental, we have a talented team of skilled dentists trained in performing root canal therapy. We will carefully remove the infected pulp and cleanse the area before sealing it off. This procedure will prevent further damage and more complex treatments.
Cost-effective: Root canal therapy is an efficient and cost-effective treatment for dental infections. Complete tooth extraction can take longer than root canal treatment because of follow-up appointments needed for a denture, bridge, or implant treatment, not to mention the additional cost of these tooth replacements. Furthermore, an extraction is a more invasive treatment and takes longer to heal. It is often more uncomfortable than root canals.
Joondanna Family Dental is proud to provide root canal therapy as a cost-effective and efficient treatment for infected teeth. We will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure and give you post-operative instructions to help you recover quickly.
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FAQs about Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is recommended when the pulp, or soft part inside a tooth, is infected, inflamed, or injured. The following symptoms may indicate a need for root canal therapy:
- An excruciating toothache
- Inflammation or swelling
- A burning sensation in the gums
- Deep cavity
- Sensitive teeth
- Discolouration of the teeth or gums
- Loose teeth
Root canal therapy is a treatment that involves several stages. Typically, there are three stages involved from start to finish. The times in between the stages are determined by your dentist.
The first step is for your dentist to take an initial x-ray. It will allow them to inspect the root of your teeth and diagnose underlying issues, such as severe infection.
Next, your dentist will administer anaesthesia and then clean your teeth. They will drill a hole to access your tooth. The procedure for anterior teeth takes place on the inside surface so that it cannot be seen from the outside. Your tooth will be protected by a rubber dam sheet from the surrounding saliva.
Afterwards, files will be used to remove the infected pulp and nerve tissue. A series of intraoral X-rays are usually taken at this stage to verify the anatomy of the canals. Following this, the canals will be irrigated with the disinfecting solution. A dressing containing corticosteroids or antibiotics will be applied to the inside. Then, a temporary filling will be used to seal the tooth, allowing you to continue your daily activities until your next appointment.
During the next appointment, your dentist will reopen the canal and check if it is dry. Once confirmed, the root canal will be filled with a filling material to ensure that bacteria will not be able to reinfect the tooth. Usually, your dentist will recommend a crown after root canal therapy for protection from constant forces.
Even though root canal therapy has a high success rate, there are still some risks to it:
- In some cases, too much damage to the tooth or too little natural tooth structure left may lower the success rate of the treatment. This can result in the loss of the entire tooth.
- Root fillings can deteriorate over time. Bacteria may enter your root canal and reinfect your tooth if this occurs.
- Bacteria can grow in undetected hairline cracks and spread infections.
- An abscess at the tooth root can develop if some of the infected material is left behind or the antibiotics fail to work.
- An infected root canal can become infected again by bacteria if an accidental crack occurs in the sealing material of an artificial crown.
An article in the European Journal of Dentistry states that this endodontic treatment has a success rate of 86%–98%. However, your personal root canal therapy will greatly depend on how much natural tooth is left and how you care for your treated tooth.
A root canal can fail, as with any dental procedure, although rarely. Here are some signs of a failed root canal treatment:
- It is expected that you will be in discomfort for a few days after your root canal treatment. However, it is not normal to experience this discomfort for an extended period of time.
- You may have a root canal failure if you suffer from prolonged dental pain or if your tooth feels better for a while but becomes painful again.
Following a root canal procedure, you may have some moderate swelling around the treated tooth or in your face for a few days. However, it is possible that your root canal has failed if you experience new swelling or persistent swelling.
- If pus is oozing out of the treated tooth or the surrounding gums, it may indicate a new abscess or pus pockets.
The cost of root canal therapy varies according to the complexity of the procedure, the tooth involved, and the number of canals in the tooth. Molars in the back of the mouth are generally more expensive than front teeth because they have more roots and require a more complex treatment procedure.
We recommend that you book a consultation with Joondanna Family Dental so our team can examine your teeth and provide you with a more accurate estimate.