Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a dental treatment performed by dentists to save a tooth that has been severely decayed.
It addresses the infection that has reached the pulp, the soft tissue found inside the tooth. It involves removing the infected tissues, cleaning the inside of the tooth, and then filling and sealing the tooth. Root canal therapy can usually be completed in one or two visits. With root canal therapy, a tooth that would otherwise be extracted can be saved, and it can help relieve pain, restore dental function.
Call Hills Family Dental Centre today to set a dental appointment, and we will help you determine if root canal therapy is a procedure that will be beneficial for you.
Common Dental Problems that Root Canal Therapy Can Address
When a tooth becomes infected or damaged, the nerve tissue inside can become inflamed, causing a severe toothache. Root canal therapy is a treatment that can help relieve this pain by removing the damaged tissue and disinfecting the inside of the tooth before filling it with a biocompatible material.
An abscess is a buildup of pus that occurs when bacteria enter the tooth and reach the nerve tissue inside, causing an infection. If left untreated, a dental abscess can cause severe pain, swelling and, in severe cases, life-threatening infections. With root canal therapy, your dentist can remove the infected tissue inside the tooth, clean the canal and seal it to prevent further infection and pus formation.
Teeth sensitivity can be caused by several factors, including wear and tear, gum disease, or teeth grinding. When the root canal becomes exposed, it can be particularly sensitive when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Root canal therapy can help alleviate this pain by sealing off the exposed nerve. This helps protect the tooth from further damage and provides relief to sensitivity.
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If you’re looking for a new dental home, here are some reasons why Hills Family Dental Centre should be your family’s choice:
At Hills Family Dental Centre, we understand that visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience for some.
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That’s why we go above and beyond to ensure our patients feel comfortable and relaxed during their appointment. Our gentle and high-experienced dental professionals will make you feel confident and informed about your treatment, so you’ll be sure that you’re in good hands.
Our clinic has state-of-the-art equipment like rotary endodontic machines for root canal therapy. This greatly helps us provide fast, easy and safe treatments to our patients.
For this reason, we offer a wide range of payment options to make our treatments more affordable. We are a preferred provider of NIB, Medibank, HBF and CBHS. We also offer various payment options, including Fund My Dental, and we accept CDBS, Supercare and DVA card holders. So regardless of your financial situation, we can help you get the dental care you need and deserve.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Root Canal Therapy
While root canal therapy can treat various dental problems, not all patients are suitable candidates for the procedure. In general, patients who are good candidates are those with infected or damaged teeth that can still be restored with a dental filling or a crown.
If a tooth is too damaged that it can no longer receive a filling or a crown, it may need to be extracted. Another factor we consider is one’s overall health. Patients must not have any existing medical condition that could complicate the procedure.
To determine if you are a good candidate for root canal therapy, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dentists, and we will be able to take a closer look at your case.
Root canal therapy is a common dental procedure used to treat infections or damage to a tooth’s pulp. The pulp is the connective tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves, and it can become diseased or damaged due to injury, decay, or infection.
During root canal therapy, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth so that you will not feel discomfort during the procedure. The damaged pulp is removed, and the canals inside the tooth are cleaned.
Finally, they will fill the tooth and seal it to prevent further damage. The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia; your dentist will use x-rays to visualise the canals inside the tooth.
Although root canal therapy may sound intimidating, it is an effective treatment that can help save a tooth that would otherwise be lost to decay or infection.
Root canal therapy is relatively painless. Before the treatment begins, your dentist will administer anaesthesia to make you feel more comfortable. During the treatment, the pulp is removed. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains the nerves.
With the removal of the pulp, the tooth also loses its sensation, making the patient unable to feel any pain. As a result, the patient can expect to experience little more than a small amount of pressure during root canal therapy.
With the advent of endodontic rotary devices, root canal treatments can be completed within 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the extent of the damage and the complexity of the tooth’s anatomy. In most cases, the procedure can be completed in one visit.
However, some cases may require that medication be placed and kept in the canal for a couple of days to disinfect it further, requiring multiple visits.
After root canal therapy, it’s normal to feel some discomfort. Over-the-counter pain medication, ice and a soft diet can help. Avoid hard, crunchy or sticky foods until the area has healed. You may also want to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for a day or two.
Root canal therapy usually doesn’t require special care after the procedure, but remember that your tooth may be more fragile than it was before treatment. Be careful not to bite your lip or tongue, and avoid chewing ice or hard candy. You may want to wear a mouth guard if you play contact sports. And if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call your dentist.
Root canal therapy is a technique-sensitive procedure that provides several benefits, one of which is saving teeth that would otherwise be extracted. Because of this, the cost of root canal therapy does not come cheap.
However, although root canal therapy can be expensive, many dental plans cover the cost of the procedure. It is important to check with your insurance provider to see if your plan covers root canal therapy. Some plans may only cover part of the cost or limit the number of procedures that can be covered. In addition, some plans may not cover root canal therapy at all.
If you are considering having this procedure done, be sure to check with your insurance provider to see if it is covered.