A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected.
The infection is caused by bacteria that live in the mouth and invade the tooth when tooth decay occurs, or when fillings leak or when teeth are damaged by trauma, such as a fall. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
Do you have any of the following problems with your teeth?
- Tooth pain when biting or chewing
- Sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages
- Loosening of your tooth
- Swelling or tenderness in the gums
- Constant, unprovoked toothache or pain
- Secreting puss or an abscess on the suspected tooth
- Difficulty sleeping due to tooth pain
- Cracked or discoloured teeth
How Does The Procedure Work?
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. We will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal.
During a root canal procedure the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. In most cases, the inflamed tissue at the end of the tooth will heal naturally. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and an abscesses may form.
Most people can prevent the need for further root canal treatment by maintaining good oral hygiene, reducing the amount of sugar consumption or by quitting smoking.
In the past, root canals were synonymous with acute pain. The good news is that today new technology allows treatment to be performed virtually pain-free. If you act fast and receive treatment in time, you could save your tooth and reverse existing damage. Your treated tooth can become fully functional again and last for years to come, providing optimal care and oral hygiene is maintained.
Ausbridge Dental use the latest technology, which is the root canal electric motor. Root canal treatment can now be so accurate and painless as the electric root canals motor drives into the fine canals. Rather than opening your mouth in a prolonged session, root canal therapy can now be done in a matter of minutes in 2-3 separate sessions. It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.