Root Canal Treatment
Most people do not realize this, but your teeth are supposed to last you a lifetime. It is only because of poor oral hygiene and neglecting to treat decayed or damaged teeth that one ends up losing teeth.
If a tooth has developed an infection to such an extent that its inner region or pulp is also infected, then root canal treatment is the normally prescribed procedure.
Root canal is usually associated with pain and because of that you may feel apprehensive if your dentist suggests the treatment. But the truth is that root canal treatment is a relatively routine procedure and you need not worry about it at all. The procedure is also conducted under local anaesthesia, so you would not even feel the pain. Of course there will be some soreness after the procedure, but it can be easily managed with pain killers.
Root canal therapy is perceived as an uncomfortable and painful procedure, which many people delay having. However the main purpose of root canal therapy is to relieve pain caused by an infected nerve.
The tooth is saved and restored back to its full function and appearance.
Infection can be caused through an accident where the tooth has received a heavy blow or from deep decay. If left untreated, an abscess may develop increasing pain and the likelihood of the tooth needing to be removed.
Advancements in dental technology, in conjunction with the use of specially developed fine instruments, the Brunswick Dental Group team can remove the infected pulp, seal and protect your root canal chamber with tiny cone shaped fillers and restore your tooth with a high quality porcelain crown.
Some common causes of nerve infection include:
- Severe decay
- Fracture of the tooth from an accident
- A cracked or missing filling that has been left untreated
Root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95% and with the administration of anaesthetic, is a procedure that can be completed with no discomfort. Depending on the severity of the infection, your current oral health and several other influencing factors, you may require several dentist appointments.
Procedure for Root Canal Treatment
During the procedure, the inflammation or the infection is removed and the surrounding area is cleaned thoroughly. Then the tooth is sealed to prevent further damage. The treatment will help stop decay or infection from spreading to other teeth or gums.
The infected tooth is opened using specialised dental tools and the pulp is completely cleaned out. The interior of the teeth is then cleaned further to prepare for the filling. The procedure gets its name from cleaning the interior area of the teeth or the root of the teeth. To deal with the pain that occurs after treatment, pain killers and antibiotics will be prescribed.
Follow up treatment is also recommended, so our dentist can check the prognosis of the treatment. This will also be a good time for you to discuss your concerns and ask any questions you may have about maintaining the teeth.
After the root canal treatment is completed, a crown is placed on the treated tooth to seal it off completely.
Caring for Teeth
After the root canal treatment, it is normal to feel some discomfort and pain and sensitivity. But they are typically brought under control by pain killers. If pain persists seek advice from your dentist.
It is wise to reduce chewing using the tooth, until the treatment is complete and you no longer feel pain. This will help avoid further damage and make the healing faster. Daily brushing and flossing should be continued as before. This treatment has high success rate and many root canal treated teeth usually last a life time.
The important thing is to save your teeth before you lose them. The compassionate dentists at our Brunswick dental clinic will make sure that you are well looked after throughout the procedure.
Root Canal Treatment