Root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, is a dental procedure designed to treat infection or irreversible inflammation of the nerve or pulp of a tooth. Once considered a painful procedure, you can now expect relatively pain free treatment.
Why would I need root canal therapy?
If you have deep decay, a fracture of the tooth, or severe periodontal disease you may in fact need root canal therapy.
What is a Root Canal?
The tooth’s pulp has a path that runs down through the inside of the tooth and into the gum and jawbone. This path is known as a root canal. In some cases, a single tooth can have more than one root canal. The term root canal can be slightly misleading because it implies that the root canal of the tooth is empty. However, the root canal houses soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels.
If the pulp becomes infected by bacteria it will begin to die, which could result in root canal pain and the loss of the tooth. There is also the risk that the infection could spread down into the root canal, which may lead to the development of a painful dental abscess (a pus-filled swelling). The infection could then spread to your gums (causing a perio-endo lesion) or the tissue and bones that support your teeth (periodontitis).
Root Canal Therapy in Balwyn
What is a root canal therapy? This purpose of this procedure is to save the tooth and prevent the spread of infection. A root canal treatment involves removing the inflamed or infected pulp from the tooth, before cleaning the root canal of all bacteria. After the bacteria have been removed, the root canal and pulp are filled using a rubber filling before being sealed to prevent further bacteria entering. If you need a root canal in Balwyn, Beautiful Smile is a great choice. We’ll be able to answer all questions you may have including ‘Is a root canal painful?’ and ‘How long does a root canal take?
Is a Root Canal Painful?
Root canal therapy is commonly perceived as being a painful procedure. In fact, in the hands of a properly trained dentist, root canal therapy is relatively painless, and it should be no more unpleasant than having a filling done. If you are worried about root canal pain, we will do our very best to make you comfortable and explain the full procedure to you.
Root canal treatment is one of the most challenging treatments for a dentist to perform. There are many risks and possible causes of problems when performing a root canal therapy, and accurate measurements, correct instrumentation and moisture (bacteria) control is vital to ensuring a good result.
Root canal therapy can be very complex and is a time consuming procedure, and in some difficult cases it is best to see a specialist endodontist straight away. This is because the success of a root canal treatment being carried out for the first time is much higher than the second time and if it is not done to a high standard, there is a risk of the root canal treatment failing. If this happens, there is a need for a re-root canal treatment. Unfortunately, the success rates of re-root canal treatments are much lower, hence it is important to get it completed correctly the first time.
What is a Root Canal Therapy?
Need a root canal in Balwyn? At Beautiful Smile, we make sure that the risk of failure is minimised by using best practice techniques and high tech equipment to locate the ends of the roots, ensuring the filling reaches the whole length of the root canal. We have also invested in specially designed fibre optic lights that the dentist may use with their magnifying surgical loupes, for a much clearer and enlarged vision of the very small root canal openings.
We anaesthetize the tooth fully to ensure that the treatment is carried out comfortably, without the much-dreaded root canal pain.
We then isolate the tooth, usually with a rubber dam, to ensure that the field is kept as sterile as possible and new bacteria contamination of the tooth by saliva is avoided. Maintaining a moisture-free, sterile environment when performing a root canal treatment is important as this prevents any bacteria in the mouth from entering the canals.
Our root canal specialist in Balwyn then uses modern flexible titanium Protaper files to ensure that the canals are shaped efficiently. We only use our files once, in order to minimise the risk of fracture and reduce the risk of cross infection.
We use high tech electronic apex locators to establish the length of canals accurately and to reduce the number of radiographs and hence radiographic dosage. We thoroughly clean the canals with powerful disinfectants such as sodium hypochlorite and occasionally iodine to destroy any remaining bacteria inside the canals.
If you’re wondering ‘How long does a root canal take?’ It really does vary on a case by case basis, but use of this specialist equipment reduces chair time for the patient and allows the dentist to carry out the treatment smoothly and easily. You may experience some post-operative root canal pain which usually settles down with pain killers.
If you think you may need root canal therapy please call our friendly dentists on (03) 9859 3533 today.