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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a dental treatment to heal a tooth infection or Inflammation. The treatment removes infected pulp from the inside of your tooth. Infected pulp causes pain and inflammation. Over time it can also cause damage to your teeth, gums, and jaw. An untreated infection can even spread to other parts of your body and can cause you to become ill. A root canal treatment stops the infection and the pain.

 

At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.

If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. Root canal therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation

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Signs You May Need A Root Canal

  • Severe tooth pain

  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold food or drink

  • Pain when biting or chewing

  • Tooth discoloration

  • Swollen, tender or darkened gums

  • Pimplelike bumps (fistulas) on the gums

  • Cracked or broken teeth

Root canal therapy steps

  1. Dr Biraj Patel will discuss at the consultation your symptoms, pain and complaints. Radiographic imaging and clinical testing will help him determine if you need a root canal.
     

  2. As with most dental procedures, you’ll receive a local anaesthetic to numb the tooth before the endodontic treatment care begins.
     

  3. Utilising a Endodontic Microscope, our Dr Patel will remove any decay and create an opening in the tooth to access the canals of each root. The number of roots varies depending on the tooth.  Anterior teeth typically have one root. Bicuspids, also know as premolars, have two roots. Molars are the largest teeth may have three to four roots.
     

  4. After the opening is created Dr. Patel will remove the damaged pulp, and clean each canal of any debris and infection.
     

  5. Then he will seal each canal with the special filling material, called gutta percha, to prevent any leakage to the canal or recurrent infection.
     

  6. Finally, a temporary filling will be placed over the tooth 

 

Benefits Of Root Canal Therapy

  • Preserved natural tooth

  • Resolved toothache

  • Restored tooth function

  • Improved smile aesthetics

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