Root canal is commonly misconceived to be a painful dental treatment; however it should bring no more discomfort than that of a regular filling!
If you are experiencing severe pain in your tooth due to the tooth pulp becoming damaged or infected, you may need root canal therapy. At Perfect Teeth we believe a better understanding of root canal therapy helps lessen patients’ concerns.
What Is Endodontics?
Endodontics is a specialised branch of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the pulp and nerves within a tooth. This branch of dentistry can play a crucial role in maintaining oral health and preserving the function of infected teeth.
At Perfect Teeth Cairns, the value of our dentists lies in their ability to diagnose and treat the underlying cause of your tooth pain and discomfort. We can perform endodontic treatment to treat and remove the infection and restore the function of that tooth. Without endodontic treatment or another alternative, the infection can spread, leading to further complications.
Our clinics are home to experienced dentists who can provide a range of endodontic treatments for patients in need. These include:
- Root Canal Therapy: This is the most common endodontic treatment and involves removing the damaged or infected pulp, treating the infection and replacing it with a strong and durable filling material after cleaning and shaping the root canal structure. Root canal therapy is performed to treat conditions such as abscesses, tooth fractures, deep cavities and injury to the tooth.
- Apicectomy: This is a surgical procedure that removes the tip of the tooth root and any infected tissue surrounding it. An apicectomy is performed when root canal therapy alone is not sufficient to treat the affected tooth.
- Endodontic Surgery: This is a surgical procedure performed when the root canal cannot be properly cleaned or shaped through traditional endodontic treatment. Endodontic surgery involves making an incision in the gum to access the affected tooth and remove any remaining infected tissue.
The appropriate endodontic treatment option will depend on the specific needs of the patient and the condition of the affected tooth. Your dentist will conduct a thorough examination, take digital X-rays and discuss your particular medical history to determine the best course of treatment. Contact our expert team today to get started.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal treatment is a procedure that restores a tooth’s damaged or infected pulp, by removing the damaged tissue and restoring the integrity of the tooth structure by filling the void with a strong and durable filling. It is not uncommon for a tooth that has received root canal therapy to become brittle, to counteract this we can restore the strength of your tooth with a dental crown.
Your root canal treatment will most likely be performed over two appointments and you should experience no more discomfort than you would while receiving a regular filling.
Benefits Of Root Canal Therapy
Besides providing an end to the pain you might be experiencing in your tooth; root canal therapy has numerous benefits such as:
- Saving a damaged or infected tooth: Root canal therapy can help save a damaged or infected tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
- Preventing further dental problems: If left untreated, a damaged or infected tooth pulp can lead to further dental and/or health problems. Completed root canal therapy can prevent these problems and preserve the health of the affected tooth.
- Long-lasting results: Root canal therapy is a durable solution that can last for many years, with proper care and maintenance. It is not uncommon for a tooth that has received root canal therapy to become brittle, to counteract this we can restore the strength of your tooth with a dental crown. Depending on the circumstances, a tooth that has received root canal therapy and has been crowned may function normally for many years and in most cases the rest of a patient’s life.
Root canal therapy is a safe and effective solution for treating damaged or infected tooth pulp. With proper care and maintenance, it can provide long-term relief from tooth pain and improve your oral health in the long run.
Frequently Asked Questions
Symptoms that indicate the need for root canal therapy include severe pain in a tooth, swelling around the tooth, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures and a darkening of the affected tooth.
The length of the procedure will depend on the extent of the damage to the pulp and the number of canals in the affected tooth. Typically, root canal therapy is generally completed in three visits, each lasting between 60 and 90 minutes.
Once root canal therapy has started, you should have no more discomfort than you would while receiving a regular filling.