Root Canal Treatment Brisbane QLD
Root Canal Treatment
The aim of root canal treatment or endodontic treatment is to save a tooth that has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. Most people prefer to save their tooth because it generally functions better than an artificial tooth.
Root canal treatment is successful in most cases and after a full assessment at Lutwyche Dental we will only treat your tooth with root canal treatment if we believe it is likely to succeed. If you take good care of the treated tooth, it may last for many years and possibly for the rest of your life.
To understand a root canal procedure, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside each tooth, under the white enamel (which is the hard outermost layer of your tooth) and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp.
The pulp is made up of blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. As your teeth develop you require less of the pulp, in fact the tooth can survive without the pulp at all. This is because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it rather than the pulp itself.
If your tooth suffers from decay, this can breakdown your enamel and eventually make its way into the pulp. This may lead to infection or disease of the pulp itself, which can be quite painful and cause tooth ache. Often this can occure due to improper oral hygiene. If you do not brush and floss correctly you may run the risk of inciting tooth decay which can lead to this pulp infection. However, tooth decay is not the only reason you may need root canal treatment.
The root canal process
Following an x-ray and a local anaesthetic, an opening through the tooth crown to the pulp is made to access the infected tissue. Using special instruments, your dentist will remove the inflamed or infected pulp.
Each root canal is cleaned, enlarged and shaped; anti-bacterial medicines may be put inside the root canal to help stop the infection. A temporary filling will also protect the inside of the tooth if multiple visits are required.
To protect the inside of the tooth and prevent further infection, the root canals are filled and the pulp chamber is sealed. Sometimes a crown of porcelain or gold may be needed to protect, strengthen and further seal the tooth. Pain or discomfort, if any, usually lasts no more than a few days, and will not be experienced by every patient.
Why would I need root canal treatment
The stigma that follows root canal therapy needs to change, this treatment can have a variety of benefits and can provide a simple solution rather than complete tooth replacement. There are several reasons why your tooth may require a root canal, these include:
- deep decay
- big fillings
- trauma to the tooth
- chipped tooth
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