Root Canal Treatment Available in Adelaide
Also Serving Kurralta Park
Root canal treatment is required when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or decayed. To save the tooth, the pulp (which is the inside of the tooth) and nerves, along with bacteria and any decay, needs to be removed and replaced with our hygienic and specialized dental materials which can restore the tooth back to normal use. Having root canal treatment in this case may be the best option rather than having to remove the tooth completely. Removing a tooth can be more expensive and may not be the best thing for the surrounding teeth in the long run. Root canal treatment when done successfully can last a lifetime although in some cases this work may need to be done again to retreat any potential future infections and protect the tooth.
Endodontics or Root Canals as is colloquially known really should not be done without a microscope. All endodontists use one as routine. You see all the way down the canal, unusual anatomy of the canals, cracks and the hidden accessory canals. The final filling is precise and you see if the canal really is dry before filling it up.
The patient benefits of Microscope dentistry are endless.
Suspected Root Canal Symptoms
- Severe Tooth Ache
- Hot & Cold Sensitivity
- Pain & Swelling
- Potential Abscess Or Gum Problems
- No Physical Symptoms, Only Evident On X-rays
What's Involved With Root Canal Treatment?
The root canal procedure will require between one to three appointments and should only be performed by a professional dentist or endodontist (a root canal specialist).
Once the tooth is numb, a rubber dam / rubber sheet will be placed around the tooth to prevent saliva and keep the area dry. An opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, we will also remove this with special dental instruments.
After the tooth is cleaned thoroughly, we will seal it with either a permanent filling or, if additional appointments are needed, a temporary filling will be used.
At the next appointment, usually four weeks later, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental materials. A filling will be placed to cover the top of the tooth and In addition, all teeth that have root canal treatment should have a crown (cap) placed. This will help to protect the tooth and prevent breaking, and restore the tooth to its full function.
After root canal treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed.
You will be given care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.
If you suspect you have the need for treatment, book an appointment with us today and we'll have you smiling again in no time.
Root Canal Common Questions & Answers
Q: Is Root Canal Treatment A Painful Procedure?
A: Not usually, it's a lengthy procedure that is performed over a few visits. If a tooth gets extremey infected / inflamed the initial visit may be uncomfortable, but this situation is best avoided by seeking urgent treatment as soon as you notice any of the above mentioned symptoms.
Q: I hear that after receiving root canal treatment some of my treated teeth may have to be removed after a few years, is this true?
A: The root canal procedure generally is quite successful if done correctly and when it's not rushed. Results however are not 100% guaranteed, as we are dealing with the body and sometimes things don't go to plan. Our patients success rate for root canal treatment is very high due to the tooth being structurally secured at the end of the treatment with either a crown or an appropriate restoration. If a tooth is not secured and it fractures, we find that it is not a root canal failure, but rather a crack in the tooth that leads to the failure.
Q: Is root canal treatment an expensive procedure?
A: Value is perceived in different ways by different people. A root canal treatment and a crown is often cheaper than an implant with a crown. Pulling the tooth out and leaving a gap puts more load on the adjacent teeth which will be causing additional pressure and long term wear on the surrounding teeth. Overloaded surrounding teeth may need to be treated Endodontically or crack due to the excessive load.......so are you really saving money by pulling the tooth out in the first place? Perhaps not, speak with us today!
Q: Is it true that after the root canal treatment is finished the tooth will be black in ccolour?
A: No, if appropriate modern materials are used and the root canal filling materials are finished off below the gum level we find that the end result can look quite good aesthetically.
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