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Root Canal Therapy Explained

What is root canal treatment?

When you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your mouth, come and visit Dr. George Sakoutis and the team at Odontologie Dental Care. Our friendly team of experts will work to uncover the cause of your problem in a comprehensive yet comfortable dental examination. If we determine that the pulp of your tooth has become badly infected, injured or decayed, our dentists can perform root canal therapy. 

Root canal treatment is the process of removing infected, injured, decayed or dead materials from your root canal. Taking place over several appointments, root canal therapy can protect both your oral health and your general health.

Why Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal therapy is incredibly important if the pulp in your tooth is infected or injured. This is because an infected root canal can spread, leading to infection in the whole tooth and even throughout the body. Infected pulp in your tooth can also lead to a painful abscess in your tooth.

Does it hurt?

No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.

What does it involve?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

root canal

What will my tooth look like after treatment?

In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.

What if it happens again?

Root canal therapy is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated. What if I don’t have the treatment? The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

Where can this treatment be carried out?

Root canal therapy is a routine dental procedure, which your dentist will be happy to do for you.

What about aftercare?

Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.

The Root Canal Treatment Process

Root canal therapy takes places across several appointments. 

During the first important, the infected or damaged pulp will be removed. This involves drilling a hole into the tooth to access the root canal and clean out the pulp and bacteria. Following this, a temporary filling will be placed, and your tooth will be rest. If required, a local anaesthetic will be applied to the area. 

In a subsequent appointment, once the root canal settled, the tooth can be sealed with a permanent filling. The result will be a healthier, natural looking smile. Following treatment, your new teeth can be treated just like the rest of your smile. Remember to brush regularly, maintain a healthy diet, and visit our clinic in Lansvale for regular general dentistry appointments.  

Conveniently located at 329 Hume Highway, Odontologie Dental Care can assist you with a range of dentistry services in Lansvale, Abbotsbury, Cabramatta, Chipping Norton, and Sydney’s south west. To organise a consultation, call us today on (02) 9725 6241 or submit our online form.

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Root Canal Therapy Explained

What is root canal treatment?

When you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your mouth, come and visit Dr. George Sakoutis and the team at Odontologie Dental Care. Our friendly team of experts will work to uncover the cause of your problem in a comprehensive yet comfortable dental examination. If we determine that the pulp of your tooth has become badly infected, injured or decayed, our dentists can perform root canal therapy. 

Root canal treatment is the process of removing infected, injured, decayed or dead materials from your root canal. Taking place over several appointments, root canal therapy can protect both your oral health and your general health.

Why Do You Need Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal therapy is incredibly important if the pulp in your tooth is infected or injured. This is because an infected root canal can spread, leading to infection in the whole tooth and even throughout the body. Infected pulp in your tooth can also lead to a painful abscess in your tooth.

Does it hurt?

No. A local anaesthetic is used and it should feel no different to having an ordinary filling done.

What does it involve?

The aim of the treatment is to remove all infection from the root canal. The root is then cleaned and filled to prevent any further infection. Root canal treatment is a skilled and time-consuming procedure. Most courses of treatment will involve two or more visits to your dentist.

At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed. Any abscesses, which may be present, can also be drained at this time. The root canal is then cleaned and shaped ready for the filling. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

root canal

What will my tooth look like after treatment?

In the past, a root filled tooth would often darken after treatment. However, with modern techniques this does not usually happen. If there is any discolouration, there are several treatments available to restore the natural appearance.

What if it happens again?

Root canal therapy is usually very successful. However, if the infection comes back the treatment can be repeated. What if I don’t have the treatment? The alternative is to have the tooth out. Once the pulp is destroyed, it can’t heal and it is not recommended to leave an infected tooth in the mouth. Although some people would prefer an extraction, it is usually best to keep as many natural teeth as possible.

Will the tooth be safe after treatment?

Yes. However, it is better to restore the tooth with a crown to provide extra support and strength to the tooth.

Where can this treatment be carried out?

Root canal therapy is a routine dental procedure, which your dentist will be happy to do for you.

What about aftercare?

Root-treated teeth should be treated just the same as any other tooth. Remember to clean your teeth at least once a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Cut down on sugary snacks, and keep them only to mealtimes if possible. See your dentist for regular check-ups.

The Root Canal Treatment Process

Root canal therapy takes places across several appointments. 

During the first important, the infected or damaged pulp will be removed. This involves drilling a hole into the tooth to access the root canal and clean out the pulp and bacteria. Following this, a temporary filling will be placed, and your tooth will be rest. If required, a local anaesthetic will be applied to the area. 

In a subsequent appointment, once the root canal settled, the tooth can be sealed with a permanent filling. The result will be a healthier, natural looking smile. Following treatment, your new teeth can be treated just like the rest of your smile. Remember to brush regularly, maintain a healthy diet, and visit our clinic in Lansvale for regular general dentistry appointments.  

Conveniently located at 329 Hume Highway, Odontologie Dental Care can assist you with a range of dentistry services in Lansvale, Abbotsbury, Cabramatta, Chipping Norton, and Sydney’s south west. To organise a consultation, call us today on (02) 9725 6241 or submit our online form.

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