Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy (RCT) is one of the most effective methods of saving decaying or abscessed teeth. RCTs are sometimes needed for cracked or injured teeth, as well as a tooth with a deep cavity when the damage impacts the soft dental pulp within the tooth, or issues from a previous filling. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp and bacteria from the pulp chamber in the tooth. After the pulp is removed, the tooth is disinfected and sealed. This dental procedure will alleviate any pain and prevent reinfection. For the longevity of the success of the treatment, it is recommended to have a crown to prevent any premature wearing down of the tooth, as the risk of fracturing increases after a root canal.
A root treated tooth should be treated the same as any other tooth after the procedure. If you have a crown to protect the tooth, then it is important to maintain upkeep of dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and regular flossing, as well as cutting down on foods and drinks that contain high levels of sugar are advised and will help to improve the longevity of your treated tooth.
What is the procedure like?
Here is what you can expect when getting a root canal treatment:
- 1) Xray: If our dental clinic suspects that a root canal is necessary, we will take x-rays to gain a better understanding of the extent of decay and damage within the tooth
- 2) Anaesthetic: A local anaesthetic is required.
- 3) Procedure: During the root canal, any old fillings or decay are removed from the tooth. Then an access cavity is opened up and the infected pulp is taken out. Finally, the pulp canal is smoothed and hollowed and a special medicine is placed inside.
- 4) Filling: Since the canals of the tooth no longer have any nerves, they are refilled to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth.
Root canals don’t have to be traumatic. Our dentists at Maroubra Dental Avenue are equipped with the latest technology and know-how to help you make the best choice for your needs.