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Root Canal Therapy
South West Rocks Family Dental has been proudly serving the South West Rocks and Kempsey Shire for over 30 years.
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy has a bad name, and at South West Rocks Dental we’re on a mission to change this. Why? Because endodontic procedures (root canal therapy) is a crucial and effective step in keeping teeth in your mouth functioning and comfortable after they have had damage or infection.
Root Canal Therapy is the term used to describe the cleaning and sealing of the canal within a tooth root. This may be required if a tooth becomes extremely reactive to temperature, particularly sore to bite on or has an abscess. Root canal therapy can save a damaged or infected tooth and prevent the need for extraction and the further expense of replacing a missing tooth
Root Canal Therapy is a dental treatment that is designed to save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction. During the procedure, the dentist or endodontist removes the infected or damaged pulp from the tooth’s root canal system, which includes the pulp chamber and root canals. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal system is cleaned, shaped, and filled with a dental filling material to prevent further infection or damage.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and can take one or more appointments, depending on the severity of the infection. After the root canal therapy is completed, the tooth may be restored with a crown or other dental restoration to protect and strengthen it. Root canal therapy can alleviate severe pain and discomfort caused by infected or damaged pulp, save the tooth from extraction, and prevent the spread of infection to other teeth.
Pros and Cons of Root Canal Therapy
Saves the Tooth: Root canal therapy can save a damaged or infected tooth from extraction, preserving the natural tooth and preventing the need for more extensive dental work.
Alleviates Pain: Root canal therapy can alleviate severe pain and discomfort caused by infected or damaged pulp, allowing patients to resume normal activities.
Prevents Infection: Root canal therapy removes the infected pulp and seals the root canal system, preventing the spread of infection to other teeth and surrounding tissues.
Restores Function: After root canal therapy, a crown or other dental restoration can be placed on the tooth to restore its strength, function, and appearance.
May Require Multiple Appointments: Root canal therapy may require one or more appointments to complete, depending on the severity of the infection and other factors.
Can Cause Discomfort: Some patients may experience discomfort during or after root canal therapy, although this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
May Be Expensive: Root canal therapy can be expensive, especially if multiple appointments or additional dental work are needed.
May Increase Risk of Fracture: Teeth that have undergone root canal therapy may be more susceptible to fracture, especially if they are not restored with a crown after treatment..
FAQ's about Root Canal Therapy
Here are some commonly asked questions and answers about root canal therapy:
Root canal therapy is typically recommended when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed due to decay, injury, or other causes. If left untreated, the infection can spread and cause further damage to the tooth and surrounding tissues.
Root canal therapy is performed under local anesthesia, so the procedure itself is typically painless. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
The length of the procedure can vary depending on the severity of the infection and other factors. In some cases, root canal therapy can be completed in a single appointment, while in others, multiple appointments may be needed.
After root canal therapy, the tooth may be restored with a crown or other dental restoration to protect and strengthen it. Patients may be advised to avoid hard or sticky foods for a few days after the procedure.
Most patients are able to drive home after root canal therapy, as the effects of the local anesthesia typically wear off within a few hours.
The cost of root canal therapy can vary depending on factors such as the location of the tooth, the severity of the infection, and whether additional dental work is needed.
Root canal therapy has an over 90% success rate however In some cases, root canal therapy may not be successful in saving the tooth. If this happens, the tooth may need to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant or other restoration.