A root canal is a procedure aimed to save a badly decayed or infected tooth. The treatment is done over 2-3 appointments.
Root canal is a treatment aimed at saving a decayed tooth, an infected tooth, or one with irreversible inflammation.
The top surface of teeth is called the enamel. Beneath the enamel is a hard layer called dentin. At the very core, beneath the dentin, is the dental pulp. The pulp is made up of living connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. The most important function of the pulp is to grow dentin. The pulp also provides sensory function and nourishment for the tooth.
Inflammation or infection of the pulp causes painful symptoms. Sensitivity to heat and cold is exacerbated. There can be tooth pain or gum pain when chewing. Swelling or abscess may occur. Discoloration of the tooth may occur. If left untreated, more serious issues may arise such as the spread of infection to the jawbone.
In certain cases, the tooth can be saved with root canal treatment. During the treatment, the infected or dead pulp is removed from the tooth. Because the natural form of the tooth is preserved, we are able to preserve the original bite, alignment, and appearance of the natural tooth.
The first stage is removing the dying nerve of the tooth and controlling the infection. Medication is then applied into the canal to assist in eliminating the bacteria.
We will then allow a few weeks for the medication to take action and do a further clean and flushing out the infected canal. Depending on its status, either more medication is applied or a filling is placed to seal the root canal.
Sometimes your root canal treatment may require additional visits for supplementary cleans and application of more medication. If this is required, a temporary filling can be placed on the affected tooth.
Once the root canal treatment is completed, we usually recommend placing a crown on top to rebuild the strength and allow your tooth to be used normally again. Cementing a crown on top will ensure that your tooth does not break or crack, due to its fragile structure. Crowns can be matched up to your existing tooth shade to ensure it does not look out of place.
If you feel pain or have swelling, we highly recommend that you book an examination appointment. You dentist will be able to determine if you need treatment and the best course of action.
We accept all private health funds. While this procedure is usually covered, the coverage level varies depending on the plan. Upon consultation, an itemised break down will be provided to you, which can be used to check with your health fund.