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“My Gentle Dentist Arana Hills have Special Training in Treating Patients for Root Canal Treatment and are Extremely Competent ”

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is designed to:

1. Eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal

2. Prevent reinfection of the tooth, and

3. Save the natural tooth.

NOTE: A“root canal” is not a treatment, but part of a tooth.

When you undergo a root canal:

  • The inflamed or infected pulp is removed
  • The inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned / disinfected, and
  • Then filled and sealed.

Most often root canal is done so that the patient can retain both a:

1. Functional, and

2. Cosmetic look.

Dead nerves are considered non-vital. Even then, it is possible for bacteria to accumulate in the nerve and cause an infection.

More on Root Canal Treatment

Root canal is the hollow section of a tooth that contains the:

  • Nerve tissue
  • Blood vessels, and
  • Other cells (also known as the pulp).

A tooth consists of a:

1. Crown, and

2. Roots.

The crown is mainly above the gum, while the roots are below it.

The roots attach the tooth to the jawbone.

Inside the crown and the root(or the root canal) is the pulp.

The pulp nourishes the tooth and provides moisture to the surrounding material.

The nerves in the pulp sense hot and cold temperatures as pain.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment Over Tooth Extraction

A root canal is often preferred over tooth extraction because a root canal works on fixing your natural tooth so that it can remain in place.

The Benefits include:

You get to preserve you own tooth for the next 10–15 years**

  • You avoid having a missing tooth which can cause a myriad of problems
  • You retain your biting capabilities, and
  • Much more.

Root Canal Treatment Success:

Root canal has an extremely high success rate of 90-95% (considering treatment could be performed successfully without complications).

Note:
Root canal might not always be an option, depending on the
damage that a tooth has incurred.

** Individual circumstances may vary the outcome

All About Root Canals

There is no need to worry if your My Gentle Dentist prescribes a root canal procedure to treat a damaged or diseased tooth.

Thousands of teeth across Australia are treated and saved this way each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.

Although root canal is a serious procedure, is it one that My Gentle Dentists excel in with over 30 years combined experience.

3 Important Root Canal Facts

  1. Root canal therapy is used to remove nerves from the pulp of a tooth.

2. Root canal therapy is thought to be a very painful but is ultimately a pain-relieving treatment.

3. Root canal therapy is called endodontic therapy, which means inside the tooth. However, the term “root canal” has come to be commonly used to talk about the procedure.

Does a Root Canal Hurt?

You will be given anaesthesia to ensure maximum comfort.

You will not feel anything when the procedure is being performed.

Note: A root canal is generally a mildly sore after the procedure and may cause mild discomfort for a few days.

How Do I Know If I Need Root Canal?

Root canals are needed for a:

  • Cracked tooth from injury or genetics
  • A deep cavity, or
  • Issues from a previous filling.

Note: Patients generally need a root canal when they notice their teeth are sensitive–particularly to hot and cold sensations.

Symptoms you might need a root canal include:

  • Severe pain while chewing or biting
  • Pimples/ Swelling (around the teeth) on the gums
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Deep decay or darkening of the gums
  • Pain coming from a particular tooth bothering sleep at night.
  • And much more.

Always: Consult with one our My Gentle Dentists highly experienced Dentists before deciding whether Root Canal Treatment is the best option for you.

Can I Go to Work After Getting a Root Canal?

Most patients are able to return to work directly following a root canal.

Although you may be numb for 2-4 hours following the procedure.

Note: Advised against eating until the numbness is completely gone.

How Much Does Root Canal Cost?

Costs vary depending on how complex the problem is, and which tooth is affected.

But: Root canal is a less costly option than having a tooth removed and replaced with a partial denture /bridge/ implant + crown.

 

My Gentle Dentist are Your Root Canal Treatment Experts

Root canal treatment may or may not be a great option for you.

  • My Gentle Dentist are your highly experienced Dentists with over 30 years combined experience.
  • My Gentle Dentist are committed to providing you with quick, safe and effective root canal treatment in a comfortable environment.
  • My Gentle Dentist treat and have saved hundreds of teeth with root canal treatment each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.

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