Hi, Dr Miranda Sageman here at Bespoke Dental in Canberra.
Many of our patients are keen to keep all their teeth for as long as they live. Today, I’d like to share with you the benefits and process of root canal therapy.
Sometimes a heavily filled tooth or a traumatised tooth can lose its vitality. It no longer has a viable blood supply and instead, the canals of the tooth are infiltrated with bacteria. That bacteria can cause pain and infection at the root apex, if left unaddressed.
To remove the bacteria, but still keep the tooth, dentists and root canal therapy specialist dentists called endodontists, will clean out the root canal system under stringent infection control methods.
The process begins with a rubber dam or dental dam. This is placed over the infected tooth to isolate it from the rest of the mouth.
A small opening is made to access the root canal system in the tooth. The root canal is then irrigated with a hypochlorite antibacterial solution, and shaped, so that it can be filled with an inert material later on. The tooth may then have some medicaments, painkillers and antibiotics resting in the canal space for some time.
At a second or third appointment, the shaped and prepared canals are filled with gutta-percha to seal them. The tooth is now free of infection and can be restored with a crown and kept in the mouth.
This whole process is performed under anesthesia so you won’t feel anything.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of what is involved in a root canal therapy, and how we can help you keep your teeth for as long as possible.
If you think you may have an infection in your tooth, and want a professional opinion on your options, we would love to look after you.
Simply give us a call, complete the form on our website, or direct message us on social media, and our friendly team will be in touch to organise your appointment. We look forward to meeting you soon.
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