Endodontic or Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy Gold Coast
In the event of an infected tooth, or multiple infected teeth, our experienced Robina dentists can conduct root canal or endodontic therapy.
With state-of-the-art facilities in our new Gold Coast dental clinic, we can conduct root canals on-site.
You also have the option of having your root canal treatment whilst under anaesthetic. Sleep dentistry is an effective and safe practice of using anaesthesia to help make your dental experience relaxing, comfortable, stress-free and often enjoyable. Most of our sleep dentistry patients overcome their fear of the dentist after their first sleep treatment. Learn more about our Sleep Dentistry.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
A root canal procedure is performed in cases where a tooth or multiple teeth have become severely decayed or infected. The procedure is performed in order to remove the damaged nerve and pulp from inside the affected tooth. The inside of the tooth is also thoroughly cleaned and sealed to prevent further infection.
The root canal itself refers to the cavity inside the tooth, which is filled with soft pulp and nerves. When this tissue inside the root canal is damaged, an infection can occur, leading to swelling of the neck and face, bone loss around the tooth’s root and inflammation and pain.
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When Is It Necessary to Remove Tooth Pulp?
When the nerve tissue inside a tooth becomes damaged, it breaks down, causing harmful bacteria to reproduce and multiply. These bacteria can cause an infection, or in some cases, an abscess. An abscess is a growth that is filled with pus, which develops at the tips of the roots of the tooth, and occurs when an infection has spread all the way through the tooth. An infection in in the tooth’s nerve often occurs when the tooth has become severely decayed or when there has been some kind of trauma to the face. An infection and abscess can lead to considerable pain, as well as inflammation and bone loss, in which case it is important to remove the damaged pulp.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
During a root canal treatment, your dentist will administer an anaesthetic into the area surrounding the affected tooth. This will ensure that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort throughout the process. A hole will then be drilled into your tooth and the pulp, bacteria and damaged nerve tissue is removed. Specially designed root canal files are used to clean out the root canal, while water is used to wash away any remaining debris.
When the damaged tooth has been cleaned, your dentist will seal it to prevent bacteria from entering and infection from reoccurring. In some cases, further restoration of the tooth may be required, often in the form of a crown. A crown is helpful in restoring strength to the tooth, and will assist in restoring proper function as well.
What Can I Expect After Root Canal Treatment?
You may experience some sensitivity and discomfort following a root canal procedure. Your dentist will recommend medications to help ease any pain. We recommend that you avoid chewing on your site of treatment until you have received your final crown or permanent filling. This will ensure that your tooth does not become infected following surgery and that your tooth won’t break before the process is complete. We encourage our patients to follow a good oral hygiene habits following the surgery by brushing and flossing gently, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. It is also a good idea to come in and see us for regular dental check-ups. If you have any questions or concerns about root canal treatment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team is happy to provide you with all the information you need and guide you through the process. We will also advise you the best ways in which you can aid the recovery process as your mouth heals following surgery. While most people are concerned about the pain associated with root canal treatment, the procedure is actually no more painful than simply having a filling placed. Any post-operative pain can be managed with over-the-counter medications as recommended by your dentist.