We know some people feel a bit apprehensive about root canal treatment, but it really is excellent for saving badly infected teeth. It should not feel any worse than having an ordinary filling and afterwards your tooth should be much more comfortable and free from pain and discomfort.
Root canal treatment is done to save traumatised, discoloured, diseased or abscessed teeth that would otherwise require extraction. It is carried out when the central part of the tooth ‘the pulp’ becomes badly decayed or infected and if not treated then the tooth will begin to die which can lead to loss of the tooth. With this treatment the tooth is saved and restored to its full appearance and function with a crown. The infection is often caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when:
Advancement in dental technology combined with the use of specially designed instruments allows our dentists to complete root canal treatments more efficiently and comfortably. Local anaesthetic will ensure you experience no discomfort.
The symptoms of an infected pulp could be but is not limited to:
- Drainage of pus from the gum around infected tooth
- Swelling in the gum area surrounding your tooth
During your initial appointment our dentist will locate the offending tooth by examining and taking an X-ray. After that, we will give you a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth.
- Your tooth will then be isolated from the rest of your teeth by a thin sheet of rubber dam. Isolation is done to protect the tooth from bacteria present in saliva. It is also used to prevent any instruments going in the airway.
- A hole is drilled in the tooth to gain access in the pulp chamber.
- Next, the dead pulp is removed from the root canals using very small files and disinfectants.
- Our dentist will place a medication in the tooth to help kill any bacteria after the canals are cleaned. The tooth will be temporarily filled and we will need to see you again to fill the canals and complete root canal treatment.
- Sometimes, the tooth can be filled permanently on the same day if the infection was not too serious.
Your tooth may feel slightly tender for a few days and you may need to take pain killers. Posterior teeth with root canals will usually need a crown to prevent them from cracking. For more complex root canals, we may refer you to an endodontist for treatment under a microscope.
For more information, you can call our Newcastle practice on (02) 4048 0882. Our practice is located at Elermore Shopping Centre, 137 Croudace Road, Elermore Vale NSW 2287.
You can contact our Tuncurry practice on (02) 6555 8989. It is located at 2/25 Manning St, Tuncurry NSW 2428.
And, if you are in Wingham or Taree, you can contact our Wingham practice on (02) 6553 0220. It is located at 1/101 Isabella St, Wingham NSW 2429.