Root Canal Therapy
Most people shudder when they hear the words root canal. But this therapy can help to save your tooth instead of forcing you to get it extracted. Root canals can be mildly uncomfortable in a few cases if the tooth is inflamed, but in most cases, the procedure is painless and stress-free. We use cutting-edge technology to make sure your root canal is completed in the quickest possible time as painlessly as possible.
Nerve and blood vessels can be found inside your teeth. Known as dental pulp, these tissues keep your teeth strong and healthy. When your tooth starts paining, it could be because the pulp has been infected. This occurs because teeth have decayed and caused cavities. In some instances, a fall can also cause your teeth to pain.
When the issue reaches the pulp, the only two options are usually extractions or root canals. Teeth have numerous canals present inside them, which are interconnected. Root canal therapy cleans, shapes and seals these canals to remove any bacteria and infection present in the area.
Root canals usually require 2 or 3 visits to the dentist, but that will depend on your particular situation. In some instances that are extremely complicated, you may need to see a specialist endodontist with advanced root canal therapy skills. We will refer you to highly professional experts who will ensure the best course of action for you.
Your New Dentist prides itself on the high-quality root canal treatment it provides at all times. We think of you as family, and will always make recommendations in your best interest.
Check out these teeth inside out…
In the days before operating microscopes we all liked to think that the anatomy inside of a tooth was pretty basic.
Now with the use of microscopes we understand in reality there can be any number of canals present inside a tooth. Even lateral canals are there, like interconnecting channels and tunnels of virtually any size. It’s literally a microscopic labyrinth inside a tooth.
Notes & Questions
Post Op Instructions
- It is normal that for the first 48hours AFTER any Root Canal Therapy you may experience a level of mild discomfort.
Antibiotics and Endodontics.
- Antibiotics are only required when there’s an active infection – that is, in the case of swelling.
- When it comes to antibiotics and Root Canal Therapy (and dentistry in general) they are a supportive treatment NOT a treatment in themselves. Their effect could be seen in some cases as purely PLACEBO.
- At Your New Dentist, we have a responsibility to ensure we are using antibiotics appropriately and not contributing to the worldwide misuse and over-prescription of antibiotics. Only a small number of Root Canal Therapy cases will require the support of antibiotics.
- Antibiotics are not pain killers.
- Ibuprofen and Paracetamol provide effective pain relief and you will receive a personalised post-op care plan to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your recovery.
What about restoring a tooth that has had Root Canal Therapy?
- A common story unfortunately experienced by some patients in the past was “I had root canal therapy and it was crap.. the tooth just crumbled away afterwards.”
- At Your New Dentist, we assess whether your tooth can be restored before proceeding with treatment. Unfortunately, some teeth are so compromised that even Root Canal Therapy is not predictable. We see RCT as an important investment and if we assess your tooth to be unrestorable we may advise you that removal of your tooth is a better spend of your hard-earned money.
- If the tooth is able to be retained long term your RCT investment is best protected by an Indirect restoration – such as a crown which is very durable and gives the treatment it’s best chance of success.
Do you have a question about Root Canal Therapy Treatment? Call Your New Dentist today – let’s see if we can’t clear up any confusion or concerns you might have about whether RCT is the treatment for you.