All You Need To Know About Root Canal Treatment

Does the stigma surrounding root canal procedures make you want to run for the hills? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Sure, in the past, root canal treatments may have caused patients quite a bit of dental anxiety. Thankfully, thank no longer needs to be the case. With the advancements in technology and the current methods used in modern dentistry at Coolangatta Dental Group, root canal treatments will no longer cause you pain or stress.

Root Canal treatment is one of the most common surgeries performed by a dentist to treat an infected or a damaged tooth there is sight of a dental abscess. If your tooth has developed a deep cavity and is broken with the surrounding gum region inflamed, your dentist is likely to suggest you undergo root canal treatment to rectify this issue.

Despite the popularity of the treatment, many people still shy away from it. There are various reasons behind this reluctance which are understandable. More often than not, a patient isn’t completely sure of what exactly root canal treatment entails or they are fearful of the pain associated. Before we get into why root canal treatment is an ideal treatment for an infected tooth, let’s go through what root canal treatment is.

 

What is root canal treatment?

As noted above, root canal treatment is a method of treating an infected tooth with a cavity, a tooth that is broken, or a tooth that has an abscess. A root canal is treated in the following steps: 

  1. Removing the crown
  2. Cleansing the pulp of the tooth
  3. Re-crowning the affected tooth

Your dentist first numbs your tooth by applying the appropriate amount of anesthesia. Once the anesthesia takes effect, the upper crown of the tooth is removed in order to make a clear pathway to the tooth’s soft pulp. Using a needle (known as the endodontic file), your dentist will then carefully cleanse the damaging pulp or remove the bacterial build-up. Once this is sufficiently cleansed, your dentist will then fill the cavity with a temporary filling which is put in place to ensure that no further infection occurs. After filling the cavity, the temporary coating is removed, and a permanent crown that resembles the real tooth is placed on it. The crowning is then cemented with permanent dental glue.

You might be wondering, how long should the cavity remain sealed with the temporary filling? Every case is different, and it all depends on what your dental practitioner recommends following your treatment.  

Why is root canal treatment necessary?

Our friendly dentists and staff treat patients in Ballina, Coolangatta and Runaway Bay with their comfort always at the top of mind. Patients who have the following symptoms may require a root canal treatment:

  • Trauma to the tooth
  • Cracked or broken fillings or crowns
  • Extreme wear and tear on a tooth
  • Deep cavities in a toot

During treatment, the use of numbing agents avoids any pain during root canal treatment and reduces the sensation to the mere feeling of pressure. During the healing process, patients can thankfully expect relief from the pain they felt before their root canal treatment and return to using their teeth in a complete and painless capacity.

Dentists generally always prefer root canal treatment over tooth extractions, which is another common way of combating infected or damaged teeth because of its long term effectiveness. 

Whilst a tooth extraction may end the pain temporarily, it does not ensure the infection is completely resolved, which might further develop deep into the gums. Tooth extractions also leave a slight void in your jaw, causing potential discomfort in biting and chewing in the future. However, a patient may not always require Root canal treatment. It all depends on the severity of the infection, and your trusted Coolangatta Dental Group provider will always choose a course of action that is aligned with your best interests. If it turns out your cavity is not extremely deep, and the tooth’s pulp is not affected, your  dentist can simply fill in the cavity. Root canal treatment is only necessary in cases where the tooth’s inner pulp is highly inflamed, there is an abscess, or the tooth is decaying and breaking.

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When our patients on the Gold Coast and Northern New South Wales need specific and essential treatments like root canals or dental implants, we completely understand how pain can affect the overall process. We strive to eliminate any fear, discomfort or anxiety for our patients from the minute they walk through our doors. We invite patients who feel unrelenting pain in their teeth or have questions about root canal treatments to arrange a consultation at any of our clinic locations. Schedule a consultation here.