A root canal is a standard dental procedure that can create a great deal of anxiety in dental patients.
Root canals are often portrayed as one of the most grueling dental treatments and a treatment that should be avoided at all cost.
In fact, a root canal itself is not a procedure that should be feared – it is neither as time-consuming or uncomfortable as its reputation suggests.
On the contrary, root canal treatment is an effective and useful way to treat infected teeth.
At Your Gold Coast Dentist, we want you to know that root canal treatment can not only save a tooth from extraction but also help you avoid expense and discomfort down the road.
Damage leading to root canal treatment
There are several causes of damage that might require root canal treatment
- This is issue number one! If a tooth has decay reaching through the enamel, it can cause pain in the root canals of the tooth. Harmful bacteria love tooth decay, which is why Your Gold Coast Dentist is so serious about at-home care and regular visits to our office.
- Damaged teeth. Chipped or cracked teeth can cause pain and damage requiring a root canal. Bacteria can enter the inner part of the tooth through these damaged areas.
- Repeated procedures. Repeated dental procedures in the same area of a tooth can cause pain and decay that requires a root canal treatment.
When is treatment necessary?
Root canals are typically recommended in the case of infection deep within a tooth. The pulp at the heart of a tooth can become infected, and the infection can become serious enough that the tooth has to be removed. At Your Gold Coast Dentist we want you to understand the procedure, so here is our step-by-step guide of what to you can expect if you get a root canal.
What To Expect?
Root canals usually take 1 or 2 office visits to complete. The procedure should not be painful as your dentist uses local anesthesia to numb the affected areas. Once the process is complete, you should even feel better, without the pain you felt before having it done.
Before treatment, your dentist will:
- Take X-rays to get a good view of your tooth and the surrounding bone.
- Numb the area, so you are comfortable during the treatment.
- Place a thin sheet of latex rubber over the tooth to keep it dry, clean and protected from viruses, bacteria and fungus that could cause problems.
During treatment, your dentist will:
- Drill an opening in the top of your tooth.
- Remove the tooth’s nerve from the tooth and the root canal.
- Clean the tooth and root canals. You may also receive a germ-killing medicine.
- Fill the canals to seal them from future infection.
- Place a temporary filling on the tooth to protect it until a permanent restoration can be placed.
After root canal treatment:
- Your tooth and the nearby area it may be sensitive for a few days. If you feel discomfort, talk to your dentist about treatment.
- Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics if the infection seems likely to spread.
- At your follow-up visit, your dentist will remove the temporary filling and replace it with a permanent filling or crown to protect your tooth.
- A metal or plastic post may be placed in the root canal to help make sure the filling materials remain solidly in place. This helps to support a crown if you need one.
What is the lifespan of a root canal treatment?
Factors that affect the lifespan of a root canal include:
- How quickly the filling or crown is placed
- The location of the tooth (front teeth are easier to treat and receive less biting force than back teeth)
- Age of the patient (teeth become more brittle with age)
- What other work needs to be done (or has been done) on the tooth
In general, however, a tooth which has been given a quality root canal treatment should last a very long time, possibly even a lifetime. And the treatment does help you keep your natural teeth!
What you can do to maximise the longevity of your root canal, is practice good oral hygiene, and visit your Your Gold Coast dentist on a regular schedule. Remember, even though the tooth has been fixed, it is still susceptible to regular dental issues including decay and cavities!
Getting the most at Your Gold Coast Dentist!
Your Gold Coast Dentist is your perfect dentist in the Parkwood area. Our practice combines the most advanced dental techniques available with high levels of skill and experience.
We provide the highest level of quality and comfort for patients of all kinds. From routine checkups to the most complicated procedures, Your Gold Coast Dentist can treat you and your family with the care and respect you deserve!
Root Canal Therapy At Your Gold Coast Dentist
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