Over time, teeth often get damaged by decay, injury, or disease. Fortunately, there are various treatment options meant to remedy whatever damage your teeth might have experienced–a root canal treatment is one of them.
The goal of this treatment is to save a natural tooth from further damage. It is usually preferred because it does not involve artificial teeth, which is recommended. After all, your natural teeth are stronger and better for chewing and biting. Getting a root canal in Coorparoo may be a viable solution for you.
What Does a Root Canal Treatment Involve?
Your tooth is divided into two parts–a crown and a root. The crown is the portion that lies above your gum line, while the root is the portion below your gum line. Your crown consists of a living tissue called the pulp. The pulp is filled with nerves through which your tooth gets the moisture and nutrients it needs to stay healthy.
Sometimes, these nerves can get infected, causing severe damage to the rest of the tooth. A root canal treatment removes the infected parts of the nerves to preserve the tooth and prevent any further damage from happening.
The root canal procedure involves the removal of the infected pulp from the canal in the root of the tooth. The canal is then cleaned, shaped, and sealed to prevent further infection.
Before beginning the procedure, one of our highly qualified dentists will first establish a history of your symptoms and dental pain. We will then conduct an extensive examination of the affected tooth to confirm the diagnosis. This examination usually consists of dental x-rays and diagnostic tests.
Once we have established the extent of the damage caused, we will then work with you to develop a treatment plan. If the tooth does not have extensive damage, you can complete the treatment in one visit. However, you will need multiple appointments if the infection is significant.
Should you need multiple appointments, we will provide you with a temporary filling in-between visits to protect the tooth from fracture.
We should mention that any surgical or invasive procedure will carry risks. Therefore, before proceeding with the treatment, we recommend seeking a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
How To Know if You Need a Root Canal Treatment
Several signs will indicate the possible need for a root canal treatment. Some of these signs include:
- Recurring pimples on your gums
- Abscess or gum swelling
- Discoloured tooth
- Sensitivity to cold or hot beverages and foods
If you are experiencing these symptoms, stop by our dental clinic for an evaluation as soon as possible.