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Root Canal Treatment in Nundah

Here on this page, you will find answers to frequently asked questions about root canal treatment.

Why Is A Root Canal Procedure Performed - Root Canal Treatment

Why Is A Root Canal Procedure Performed?

Every tooth is made up of two hard layers, the enamel, and the dentin, and a further soft layer called the pulp, which is the vital tissue. The pulp provides sensations and blood supply to the teeth and surrounding tissue.

If you experience a deep cavity, trauma, crack, or breakage in a tooth, this gives space for bacteria to enter the vital area in the tooth. Once this has reached inside, the bacteria may multiply and cause damage to the pulp of the tooth by causing an infection.

If then left untreated, an infection within a tooth can further spread to any surrounding gum or bone and cause issues like swelling in other areas of the mouth, face, head, or neck, and can even lead to you losing your tooth.

What Is A Root Canal Treatment ( RCT ) - Root canal treament

What Is A Root Canal Treatment?
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A root canal treatment or root canal therapy is a procedure which consists of removing the pulp tissue and infection, then followed by cleaning the roots and filling these spaces. A filling is also then placed over the center of the tooth.

Situations your dentist may suggest root canal treatment:

  • An infected tooth
  • The pulp and nerves being exposed by severe decay or a deep cavity, that can’t be treated by just a filling
  • A severely broken tooth which is close to the pulp
Will The Root Canal Treatment Be Painful - Root canal treatment

Will The Root Canal Treatment Be Painful?

It is a common misconception that root canal treatment is painful, but it isn’t particularly so. Your tooth will be completely numb during the procedure, so you won’t feel anything at all.

What Happens During A Root Canal Procedure And How Long Will It Take

What Happens During A Root Canal Procedure And How Long Will It Take?

A root canal treatment is rather quite easy for most patients and consists of a few steps:

  • The infected tooth and the surrounding area in the mouth is made numb
  • On top of the tooth a small opening is made to access the center pulp 
  • The infected tissue within the roots are taken out and the canals are disinfected 
  • The root canals are then thoroughly cleaned and filled
  • dental filling is then placed over the small opening of the tooth
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It is good to note that root canal treatments may need between 1 to 3 visits to your dentist to clean the roots, dependent on the level of infection. If more visits are required then a medication dressing will be placed in the tooth and a temporary filling placed until your next visit.

Once completed, your dentist will generally recommend a crown to cover this tooth. This will save it from breaking and wasting the time and money spent on a root canal treatment, as after this procedure the tooth can be more prone to breakage without a protective crown.

What Can I Do To Prevent Having Root Canal Treatment In The Future?

There are a few things you can do to help prevent yourself from having the need to have root canal treatment on any of your teeth and keeping your oral hygiene its best, such as:

  • Keeping a well-balanced and healthy diet
  • Always make sure to have good oral hygiene habits, meaning brushing and flossing twice a day and using interdental brushes and mouthwash as directed by your dentist
  • Avoiding high sugar intakes with your foods and drinks
  • Making sure you upkeep your regular dental check ups

Will There Be Any Discomfort Or Pain After Treatment?

The following few days after your treatment, you may feel a little discomfort when biting. You can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers to ease this discomfort. You should try your best to chew from the other side of the treated tooth until a permanent restoration such as a crown is placed over that tooth.

 

Should I Just Extract My Tooth? Which Is The Better Option?

While extraction of the infected tooth may seem to be a good alternative treatment to a root canal treatment, it isn’t always a great solution to the problem, unless you have no other options to save your tooth. Furthermore, removing a tooth will cost you more in the future, as you will need a dental implant or dental crown and bridge to replace it.

Contact Your Nundah Dentist Today

If you have any questions regarding other dental treatments, contact the Nundah Central Dental team at (07) 3130 4472 we look forward to seeing you soon and helping you with your dental treatment needs.

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