Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal treatment, is aimed at saving severely damaged teeth that otherwise would need to be removed. Diagnosed well, this option has a high success rate and is very safe. This is well recognized and reviewed in many prominent dental works of literature.
At the center of all teeth is a soft tissue that we call the dental pulp. This pulp can become damaged from:
- Percussive trauma (especially for front teeth)
- Deep dental decay
- Cracked or fractured tooth
- Loss of tooth structure from wear
- Advanced gum disease
Root canal therapy aims to treat the infection and pain from the pulp and to save the rest of the tooth from needing to be extracted.
What Does The Procedure Involve?
To treat the source of the tooth pain, our dentists use specially engineered endodontic instruments to carefully remove the infected tissue from the tooth and thoroughly clean and sterilise the root canal system. We then fill the root canal space with a unique substance and seal it permanently to prevent the tooth from becoming reinfected. The tooth will continue to survive and function as normal without the pulp, often for many years if not for life.
Who Needs a Root Canal Procedure?
Root canal therapy is recommended for patients with an infected or severely inflamed tooth. The presenting symptoms can be vague but commonly present with one or more of the following:
- Consistent toothaches
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and or cold
- Pain when chewing or biting
- Swelling around the tooth
- Pain accompanied by fever
If you experience any of these symptoms it would be prudent to have it looked at by a professional. We will perform a thorough examination of your dental condition and can recommend the appropriate treatment if it is necessary.
What are the Benefits of Root Canal Treatment?
Root canal treatment is commonly recommended to save a diseased tooth from extraction. A missing tooth can lead to long term complications such as:
- Loss of function and affected speech
- Poor aesthetics
- Unwanted movement with surrounding teeth
- Uneven wear on remaining teeth
- Bite changes
Keeping the natural tooth is often better for eating and chewing and it is also easier to keep clean and maintain. Root canal treatment can also be more cost-effective than extracting a tooth and then replacing it later with something artificial.
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