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Root Canal Therapy at KR Dental

Illustration of inside of toothWhen the nerve of a tooth is infected, there are two options available to eliminate the infection. One is to extract the tooth in its entirety. Another common general dental procedure we perform is root canal therapy (also known as endodontic therapy). This endodontic treatment allows our dentists to try and save a patient’s tooth that has been severely damaged due to decay, disease or injury.

With a root canal, you can remove the source of infection while still preserving the overall tooth structure for several more years.

All of our dentists have immense experience within this field, however root canal therapy is a particular passion of Dr Sandy Iyer’s. Sandy also enjoys working closely with an endodontic specialist for more complex cases, ensuring that you’re always in the best hands.

What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?

Root canal therapy is a rather simple and pain-free procedure that involves removing an infected tooth’s pulp and nerve. The nerve chamber is then thoroughly cleaned to remove harmful decay and bacteria, before the area is sealed once again.

By removing the nerve tissues inside of the diseased tooth, flushing out and sterilizing the canal, then placing a root filling inside of the canal, you can prevent re-infection from occurring.

When treatment is successful, both the tooth and surrounding tissue is saved, eliminating the need for extraction. At KR Dental, we always endeavour to save a patient’s natural tooth where possible.

You may be required to make several visits to the dentist, so the root canals can be cleaned and the infected pulp can be removed successfully. After each visit the dentist will place a temporary filling on the tooth, as a tooth that needs root canal treatment is at increased risk of fracture. Sometimes, your dentist will even recommend the additional protection of an artificial crown.

Are Root Canals Uncomfortable?

Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate the source of infection and pain, rather than cause it. However, if a tooth is heavily infected due to a lapse in care, the inflammation may be severe enough that anesthetic cannot work well. Ideally we would prescribe an antibiotic to reduce swelling and help the numbing medication work more effectively. But if you require an emergency root canal due to severe pain or the risk of sepsis, that may not be an option.

To ensure the most comfortable root canal possible, it’s best to plan routine checkups and treat decay as early as possible. As long as the inflammation is kept to a minimum, getting a root canal typically feels similar to any other routine treatment (such as a crown or filling).

Woman smiling in dental chairAre You a Candidate for Root Canal Therapy?

We advise that patients look out for the following signs and symptoms, all of which may be an indication that infection is present in the tooth’s nerve:

  • Severe pain or discomfort surrounding a tooth
  • A large cavity that has entered into the nerve
  • An abscess
  • Excessive tooth decay or loss of structure due to previous trauma or injury

The only alternative to root canal therapy is extracting the tooth altogether. Unfortunately, tooth removal creates excess space in your bite that can affect the alignment of other teeth in your mouth. The standard of care and preferred option is to preserve your tooth through endodontic therapy.

Want to Learn More?

If you’re experiencing any of the concerns listed above, please schedule an appointment at KR Dental by calling (07) 3883 2434 today. Don’t put your tooth at further risk of decay and infection – let our friendly and professional team help you as soon as possible.

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