Much like the mention of wisdom tooth removal or tooth extraction that terrifies many dental patients across the world, the thought of undergoing a root canal treatment is also just as terror-inducing for many patients – but it shouldn’t be!
A root canal treatment is a procedure that is performed when the dental pulp in a tooth becomes damaged and the tooth becomes infected and painful. To treat the tooth before infection spreads and save the functionality of the tooth, dentists use a root canal treatment to replace a tooth’s damaged dental pump with a filling.
At Balmain Dentist, we commonly perform root canal treatments to save a patient’s tooth and maintain its functionality instead of having a tooth extraction, which is what often happened in the past.
What is Root Canal Treatment?
To understand how a root canal treatment works, it is important to know the structure of the tooth and why a root canal is the most effective treatment method for repairing the issue.
What is Dental Pulp or “Tooth Pulp”
Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the canal that runs through the centre of a tooth; it can become damaged from injury or extensive untreated decay.
Because the pulp is the lifeline of the tooth, any damage to it limits the supply of blood to the vessels, nerves and tissue fibres within the tooth, which causes infection that generally results in an abscess and tooth pain. If the tooth is not effectively treated, the infection can spread via the root canal into the bone and surrounding tissue.
How is a Root Canal Treatment Performed?
Depending on the difficulty of the procedure, our team at Balmain Dentist may require you to have more than one visit to perform the procedure.
During a root canal treatment, our dentists target four areas to help preserve the functionality of the tooth:
1. Decay & Infection: To ensure the tooth does not succumb to any further infection, we need to ensure we completely remove any tooth decay, infected nerve tissue, bacteria, leaky fillings or debris from the area.
2. Shaping the Canals: Before we fill the canals with barrier material, our dentists shape the canals to remove any irregularities or remaining bacteria from inside the canal. This step is important and may take time for the special disinfectants and medication to take full effect. If you have experienced tooth decay down in the root canal, this is where the additional return visits to the dentist may occur.
3. Filling the Canals: Once we have hollowed out the canals and effectively treated any bacteria or infection, we fill the canals with a long-lasting barrier material to seal off the canal and prevent any re-infection.
4. Restoring Functionality to the Tooth: Our final step is to restore your tooth back to functionality and ensure no bacteria can enter back into the tooth, which generally involves applying a crown or other restorative treatment.
Benefits of Root Canal Treatment
While the above information may perpetuate your fear of having a root canal – we know that ‘hollowing out your root canals’ sounds terrifying. But the truth is, it is not as bad as it actually sounds and it actually has many benefits for people suffering from serious oral issues.
Rid Your Tooth Aches & Pains
An infected tooth is often an incredibly painful experience day-to-day, and although the treatment itself can be painful, patients experience notable pain relief once they recover from the procedure.
A root canal treatment causes the pain to subside because the procedure removes the infected dental pulp, which in turn removes the source of the pain.
Prevents Further Infection
If your tooth has become decayed, it doesn’t take long before the infection can become more serious and spread throughout the gum.
A root canal treatment removes the infection and any bacteria around or inside the tooth, which helps to prevent any future infections of that tooth.
Preserve Your Teeth
If the dental pulp of a tooth has become infected, you have two options available to stop the spread or further decay of the tooth – dental extraction or root canal treatment.
Before root canal treatments became available, tooth extractions were the only option. Dental extractions are the least favourable option for the majority of patients these days, as the procedure leaves a gap between your teeth, ultimately affecting the appearance of your smile.
On the other hand, a root canal treatment will preserve the structure of your natural tooth and restore its functionality, preventing any awkward gaps in your smile.
Why Choose Balmain Dentist for Root Canal Treatments
If you need to undergo a root canal treatment, it is important to find a dentist you can trust, who is professional, qualified and specialises in the latest orthodontic techniques.
At Balmain Dentist, we take the greatest possible care to ensure each of our patients understands the procedure, is comfortable during the treatment and has the knowledge to care for their teeth in the long term.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with our local dentist today to get your root canal treatment performed as soon as possible.