Root canal therapy (RCT) can save a tooth that has become severely infected or decayed. This is done by removing all of the pulp inside the tooth. After the removal of all the infected pulp the tooth may become weakened.
Usually the fitting of a crown is recommended and will strengthen the tooth considerably. With successful RCT, your tooth is able to be saved and remain in your mouth for many years to come.
Keep reading now to learn when RTC may be required.
Spontaneous pain even when you’re not eating or drinking.
Pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night
Toothache that worsens with pressure or when eating
Darkening or discoloration of a tooth
Recurring swelling of the gums
Tenderness in the gums
Extreme sensitivity to cold or heat
If you have any of these symptoms there is a good chance Root Canal Therapy (RCT) will need to relieve your pain and save the tooth.
After full anesthesia is achieved, treatment will be completed in either one or two appointments based on the health of the pulpal tissue. If your tooth was severely infected, we may opt to place a medication in your canals for one or two weeks before completing the root canal to effectively decontaminate the area.
A temporary filling will be used in between treatments to keep the area sterile. The height of the tooth is reduced so that this new tooth is not an active player in the bite.
After treatment, you may experience similar pain than before treatment for about two days.
You should avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for a couple of days or until the tenderness has subsided.
The doctor will prescribe a final restoration for the tooth. It’s important to remember that teeth with root canals have a higher chance of fracture which why we usually place a crown after RCT to minimise this risk.
Endodontic treatments focus on the inside part of a tooth which has become infected and puts the tooth at risk of loss if not addressed. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected from problems such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
Some patients may experience tooth pain initially and then it goes away on its own or with the help of antibiotics. Just because it has stopped hurting doesn’t mean it is no longer infected. Root canal treatment is designed to disinfect the inside of the tooth (the source of infection) and stop the spread of infection.
The amount of time a procedure takes depends on the details of the procedure you’re having and the type of tooth involved. A single root canal treatment typically takes 1-2 hours, so it can be completed in one visit.
With today’s advanced technology, getting root canal therapy is usually no more uncomfortable than having a filling. Advances have made the treatment a virtually pain-free experience, and can normally be done in a single visit.
Problems with our teeth are often the result of poor oral hygiene and failure to meet regularly with a dentist. To lower your risk, you should brush and floss your teeth twice a day, use a daily mouthwash and visit your dentist at least once every 6 months for a check and clean.
Scarborough is a coastal suburb of Perth, Western Australia, located approximately 14 km northwest of the city centre in the City of Stirling local government area. It was named after the English beach resort Scarborough, North Yorkshire. It has a population of about 14,300 people (2011 census), of whom about 25% were born overseas, mostly in the United Kingdom. It has a landmark high-rise hotel, the Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough, originally built as Observation City in 1986 for Alan Bond, in anticipation of a demand for accommodation when the 1987 America’s Cup challenge was held at nearby Fremantle. Scarborough Beach was the venue for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships for the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2014.
Population (approx.): 15,000
Geo coordinates: 31.8944°S, 115.7577°E
Postcodes: 6922, 6019
Western Australia 6019, Australia
Head south on W Coast Hwy/State Route 71 toward Scarborough Beach Rd/State Route 75
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