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Root Canal Treatment

Over time, teeth often get damaged by decay, injury, or disease. Fortunately, there are various treatment options meant to remedy whatever damage your teeth might have experienced–a root canal treatment is one of them.

The goal of this treatment is to save a natural tooth from further damage. It is usually preferred because it does not involve artificial teeth, which is recommended. After all, your natural teeth are stronger and better for chewing and biting. Getting a root canal in Coorparoo may be a viable solution for you.

What Does a Root Canal Treatment Involve?

Your tooth is divided into two parts–a crown and a root. The crown is the portion that lies above your gum line, while the root is the portion below your gum line. Your crown consists of a living tissue called the pulp. The pulp is filled with nerves through which your tooth gets the moisture and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Sometimes, these nerves can get infected, causing severe damage to the rest of the tooth. A root canal treatment removes the infected parts of the nerves to preserve the tooth and prevent any further damage from happening.

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The Procedure

The root canal procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp from the canal in the root of the tooth. The canal is then cleaned, shaped, and sealed to prevent further infection.

Before beginning the procedure, one of our highly qualified dentists will first establish a history of your symptoms and dental pain. We will then conduct an extensive examination of the affected tooth to confirm the diagnosis. This examination usually consists of dental x-rays and diagnostic tests.

Once we have established the extent of the damage caused, we will then work with you to develop a treatment plan. If the tooth does not have extensive damage, you can complete the treatment in one visit. However, you will need multiple appointments if the infection is significant.

Should you need multiple appointments, we will provide you with a temporary filling in-between visits to protect the tooth from fracture.

We should mention that any surgical or invasive procedure will carry risks. Therefore, before proceeding with the treatment, we recommend seeking a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Frequently Asked Questions

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth (the root canal system). It involves the removal of the infected or damaged pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing it to prevent further infection.

You may need a root canal treatment if the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected due to decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma. Symptoms may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, tenderness to touch and chewing, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling in nearby gums.

Modern techniques and anaesthesia make root canal treatments virtually painless. While you may experience some discomfort or mild pain after the procedure, it is usually manageable with over-the-counter pain relievers. The procedure itself is aimed at relieving the pain associated with the infection.

During a root canal procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anaesthetic. A small opening is made in the crown of the tooth to access the infected pulp, which is then removed. The root canal is cleaned, enlarged, and shaped, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, the tooth is restored with a filling or crown for protection and to restore it to full function.

A root canal treatment typically requires one to two visits to complete. Each visit may last between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the tooth and the extent of the infection.

Root canal treatments have a very high success rate, with more than 95% of procedures being successful. Treated teeth can last a lifetime with proper care. However, as with any medical or dental procedure, there are no guarantees. Following your dentist’s advice and maintaining good oral hygiene can help ensure the best outcome.

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How to Know if You Need a Root Canal Treatment

Several signs will indicate the possible need for a root canal treatment. Some of these signs include:

If you are experiencing these symptoms, stop by our dental clinic for an evaluation as soon as possible.

Quality Root Canal in Coorparoo

Should you need a root canal in Coorparoo, we have a team of qualified and experienced dentists who can perform the procedure. We are a committed and caring dental practice whose highest priority is helping you attain and maintain an excellent dental and oral health standard. If you need a root canal in Coorparoo, contact The Dental Café at 07 38478626 to book your appointment.

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