Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal is the term for process whereby your dentist tries to save a ‘dead’ tooth. Also known as endodontic treatment, a root canal treatment in Epping involves removing the infected parts, or pulp, from your tooth’s root canal. Your dental pulp is comprised of nerves, connective tissue and blood, and reaches into the roots of your teeth.
Once the infected pulp has been removed from the inside of your tooth your dentist will fill the cavity with filling and then cover it with a crown. At Serenity Smiles Dental we make use of the latest technology to ensure the process is as quick and painless as possible.
If you do not treat your dying tooth it will get more infected as the bacteria multiply. Over time the root will be more damaged and the bacterial infection can pass into your surrounding tissue.
What are some of the signs you could need root canal treatment?
Root canals are intended to save teeth that are badly damaged or infected. The damage could have been caused by decay, too much dental work on tooth, a trauma to the tooth or cracks in the tooth or a filling.
The most common symptoms include severe tooth pain, swollen or tender gums, sensitivity, and pain when you chew, bite or touch the tooth.
What Are The Benefits Of Root Canal Treatment?
Some people ask why we bother with a root canal, when an extraction seems like a logical solution to a dying tooth. When a patient is suffering a toothache, this question is understandable. It may also be cheaper to extract the tooth than to attempt the root canal treatment.
At Serenity Smiles Dental our first priority is always to save your natural teeth wherever possible. Because the other teeth tend to drift after tooth loss, we aim at saving the teeth you have.
How Long Does A Root Canal Treatment Take?
Your dentist will take an x-ray to inspect your root canals and see if an infection is present. If you need root canal treatment, you can expect to pay two visits to the dentist. On your first visit your dentist will clear the infected parts and fill the cavity. On your second visit he or she will place the crown.
It’s advisable not to eat straight after the procedure, as your mouth will be a little sensitive. If you do need to eat after a few hours, chew on the opposite side of treated area.
Remember to brush and floss as instructed by your dentist.
Will it hurt?
Your dentist will use anaesthetic to numb the area but you may experience a small level of discomfort during the procedure. Your friendly Serenity Smiles dentist will do their utmost to make the procedure as painless as possible.
Would you like to find out more about the procedure? Don’t endure toothache any longer. We’re open six days a week, contact us (02) 9158 6753 for an appointment.
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