Root Canal Treatment
When there is infection or inflammation in the tooth, Root Canal Treatment may be required. To find out more, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or complete the form below to request an appointment with our friendly dental professionals today.
ABOUT ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
When there is disease or damage to the pulp in the centre of the tooth, this can result in infection and inflammation. To save the tooth, Root Canal treatment (also known as endontic treatment) may be required.
Advances in dental technology in recent years means that root canal treatment today is much more affordable, simple and quicker than having the tooth extracted and replaced with a dental implant or bridge.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT FAQs
How does Root Canal treatment work?
At The Dental Studio Stirling, all of our dental professionals are specially trained to deliver Root Canal treatment.
Root Canal treatment is usually a simple and straightforward process which is completed in two steps delivered over two appointments. At your first appointment, our dental professionals will numb your tooth and create an opening through the top of your tooth to access the disease or damaged pulp. Special cleaning files are then used to clean and shape the canals before antibacterial medicine is inserted into the tooth and sealed with a temporary material.
The tooth is then left anywhere from three weeks to six months to allow time for the infection to completely heal before your second appointment where the root canal treatment is completed.
The tooth is checked to ensure the infection has healed and then given a final clean to remove any further debris. To complete the root canal treatment, the canals are sealed to prevent them from being infiltrated with any bacteria. A white filling or crown is then placed over the access hole to seal the tooth and prevent further infection and inflammation.
What are the benefits of Root Canal treatment?
Does Root Canal treatment hurt?
Not at all. Before the procedure, our dental professionals will numb your tooth and surrounding gum with a local anaesthetic. Once the local anaesthetic wears off, you may experience a bit of pain and discomfort which can be managed through over the counter pain relief such a Panadol or Nurofen. You should find that within a couple of days, you are feeling much better and able to resume your regular lifestyle.
If you are feeling particularly nervous about your Root Canal treatment, then sedation might be the best option for you. We work closely with an affiliate anaesthetist to offer sedation and monitoring in the comfort of the dentist chair at an additional expense.
To find out more, please give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals to discuss your Root Canal treatment today.
What can I expect after my Root Canal treatment?
When most people hear the word, ‘root canal’ they usually envision a complex and painful procedure but this is not the case. These days, Root Canal treatment is often a simple and painless procedure that should leave you feeling better not worse afterwards. While a little bit of pain, discomfort and tenderness afterwards is completely normal, this is usually managed through some antibiotics prescribed by your dentist or over the counter pain relief such as Panadol or Nurofen.
Are there any side effects or dangers associated with Root Canal treatment?
Like any dental procedure, there are always risks and potential complications which may affect the effectiveness of the treatment.
Although your tooth may continue to feel slightly different to the rest of your teeth for some time after your treatment, you should always contact your dentist immediately if you experience severe side effects such as pain, pressure or swelling which continues to last more than a couple of days following your procedure. This could be a sign of some further infection or a side effect which needs to be addressed.
How do I take care of my tooth after Root Canal treatment?
While the length of recovery time does vary from person to person, here are some simple ways to make life a little easier throughout the healing period:
- Try not to eat anything until the numbness from the local anaesthetic wears off. Depending on which tooth was root canaled, this could take anywhere from one hour to a couple of
- Do not eat or bite on the treated tooth until it has been fully restored and strengthened by your dentist.
- Continue to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily in order to remove any bacteria build up or acid which causes tooth decay.
Can a tooth be root canaled more than once?
Occasionally a tooth which has been root canaled may not heal as anticipated, requiring it to be retreated. This can be caused by a number of different factors including:
- Complications due to a complex root anatomy featuring curved or narrow roots
- The delayed placement of the crown or white filling, allowing for recontamination of the
- An inadequate seal of the tooth, allowing for reinfection of the tooth
In certain cases where more than one round of Root Canal treatment is required, we may refer you to a specialist Endontist for their expert opinion and work in conjunction with them to treat the condition.
How much does Root Canal treatment cost?
The cost of Root Canal treatment varies from person to person depending on the treatment required. To find out the payment options and rebates associated with your Root Canal treatment, simply give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment with one of our friendly dental professionals today.
Recent advances in dental technology mean that root canal treatment is now more affordable, simple and quicker than ever before.
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If you’re ready to experience The Dental Studio Stirling difference, please give us a call on 08 9440 4455 or request an appointment to meet with one of our friendly dental professionals today.