Root Canal Therapy
When a dental pulp(nerve) is traumatized, diseased, or dead, it must be removed and replaced with a root canal filling. The filling material used is gutta percha. Root canal treatment usually requires one or two appointments. The procedure itself is not painful, but some discomfort may be present during root canal treatment and healing.
In most situations, the therapy is not finished after the root canal has been completed, because the tooth is now weak and brittle. There are times that a post is required to reinforce strength and a crown or a cap on top. Otherwise, a crown alone is recommended after a root canal treatment if there is enough structure on the tooth itself.
- The tooth remains in the mouth, pain free. Having a root canal treatment is less costly than having a replacement like an implant or a fixed bridge.
- Unfortunately, not many alternatives. You may have to extract the tooth, or in the event of a painless or infrequently painful tooth, you may postpone root canal treatment for a short time. The tooth will not heal by itself, and root canal therapy is almost always the best selection.
Result of Nontreatment of a Dead Tooth:
- If you do not treat a tooth with a diseased or a dead pulp, continued infection will almost always occur, with increased bone degeneration around the tooth, pain, and discomfort. These conditions will ultimately force you to root canal treatment or tooth extraction.
Root canal treatment (endodontics) is used to save a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay, disease or trauma. With the help of modern dentistry, one can prevent tooth loss from occurring and save the tooth from extraction. Furthermore, a root canal procedure can:
- Remove the infected tissue
- Sanitise the root canal
- Fill the area with inert material
- Reseal the tooth to prevent further damage
Losing a tooth can result in a number of problems such as difficulty in biting or chewing and related oral health problems. Root canal treatment can help save your teeth rather than manage with missing teeth.
Advanced techniques and modern equipment have made root canal treatment a successful and relatively pain-free procedure today. By taking good care of your root canal treated tooth and visiting your dentist regularly, it may last for many years.
Causes of Infection or Inflammation of the Tissue
The root canal is the hollow centre of the tooth that is filled with soft, organic material called dental pulp. This tissue contains nerves and blood vessels that supply nutrients to the tooth. When this gets infected, root canal treatment becomes necessary.
Infected dental tissue can be caused by many factors such as:
- Broken filling or crown
- Deep cavity
- Gum disease
- Repeated dental work on a tooth
- Cracked or chipped tooth
- Extreme tooth wear
Symptoms of Infected Pulp
- Sensitivity to heat or cold
- Tooth discolouration
- Swelling or soreness in the gums surrounding the affected tooth
If you experience any of these symptoms, consult your dentist as soon as possible. Untreated infected root canal can lead to unbearable pain. The infection from an untreated abscess can damage the bone that surrounds the root.
The Root Canal Treatment Procedure
- Examination – determines the exact cause of the problem and the best treatment to perform.
- Removal of dental pulp – exposes the infected root canal and removes the tissue, nerves and blood vessels
- Preservation – the root canal is filled with a sterile, inert material to replace the infected pulp and preserve the tooth.
- Fabrication of a dental crown – the root canal treated tooth reinforced by fabricating a dental crown.
Root Canal Treatment in Wantirna South
A root canal procedure requires at least two dental appointments or more, depending on your specific situation. At Dr. Sachdeva’s Dental Surgery, our dental professionals will be on your side throughout the treatment procedure to ensure you receive excellent dental care service. We offer the most modern and effective pain-free services to provide you with comfortable dental treatment and are constantly updating with the newest technical methods available in root canal treatment.
Contact us on (03) 9800 2338 or simply book your appointment online.