Root Canal Therapy Use a Quality Dental Service for Any Root Canal Treatment
When a tooth is damaged by decay, abscess or fracture, having root canal treatment can retain your original tooth and prevent the need for extraction. While a root canal treatment prevents untimely tooth loss, when it is combined with a dental crown, you regain your teeth's functionality and it improves your smile.
If you suspect you have a dental problem, the most important thing to do is to quickly come and see us at our Pymble dentist surgery. If you have any of the symptoms listed below you need to have a proper diagnosis which our family dentists can provide for you. The symptoms are:
- You have chronic tooth sensitivity to hot or cold liquids
- Your gums are swollen
- You have an ongoing, severe or throbbing toothache
- Your teeth are sensitive upon eating sweets
- Your teeth are sensitive to biting
- You have spontaneous toothache without a clear cause
- You experience tooth pain due to atmospheric pressure fluctuations, such as when flying
There are some patients who don’t experience any noticeable symptoms but who have a dental problem that needs addressing. That’s another reason why it’s important to have a check-up every six months with a family dentist to promptly ensure you get the proper care. Contact our North Shore dental clinic and make an appointment with one of our dentists today.
Having Root Canal Treatment
Many people fear to have root canal treatment because it has a reputation for being very painful. Let us reassure you that, compared with decades ago, this procedure is now done with minimal discomfort thanks to advances in technology and quality dental services. Perhaps the most important benefit of a root canal treatment is that it lets you keep your own teeth.
The initial stage of root canal treatment process begins with the dentist making an opening into the subject tooth’s chamber so the nerve can be removed. After this is done, the root canal is then cleaned and prepared for root filling.
In some cases anti-infection medications are placed in the chamber and antibiotics may also be prescribed. In the following visit, our family dentist will clean the canals again and then fill and seal them. In most cases, they will also fix a dental crown to keep the weakened tooth together.
Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
What is it?
Dental Pulp is the name given to the soft tissue inside the channels in the roots of your teeth. It consists of blood vessels, fibres, and nerves. The commonest cause of damage to the pulp is deep tooth decay which leads to inflammation and infection inside the tooth. This may spread to the tip of the root and into the bone, causing an abscess. Root canal therapy is a treatment to remove the infection from inside the pulp and surrounding tissues.
Root canals are caused by deep decay, trauma, cracks, heavy wear, leaking fillings and gum disease.
What will it do for me?
Root canals eradicate infection in the tooth and surrounding bone. This elimination of bacterial infection is very important for overall health. They alleviate pain and prevent extractions. They preserve the foundations of the teeth so that a permanent filling or crown can be fitted.
How long will it take?
A root canal can take several appointments, but the usual progression is:
- Access is gained into the tooth and decay removed allowing for the root canal to be started.
- The damage pulp is removed via a small access hole.
- The root canals are cleaned and disinfected and shaped so that they may be sealed.
- The root canals are filled using a natural rubber based product to prevent re-infection.
This progression takes 3 or more appointments, spaced 2-3 weeks apart. Each visit takes roughly an hour.
How much will it hurt?
Root canal therapy has a bad reputation because it is associated with pain. This is an unfair assumption because the pain precedes the treatment! Root canal therapy is undertaken to remove this pain.
The procedure is done under local anaesthetic so it is not expected to be painful during its preparation. There may be some tenderness and sensitivity of the tooth and gums following, however usual over-the-counter pain relief is more than enough to control such inconveniences.
How much will it cost me?
Root canal therapy varies in cost depending on the number of appointments required to control the infection, the complexity and the number of canals. Root canals cannot be done without x-rays to confirm healing and to assist in preparation. For an accurate quote on a root canal procedure, please contact us.
Use a North Shore Dental Service with Quality Dentists
No matter where you are in the North Shore, if you're suffering any of the symptoms mentioned above, contact us immediately to see one of the family dentists at Pymble Dental. Phone 02 9488 7676 or enquire online.