Root Canal Treatment Sunshine Coast
Pulp exists inside each tooth, providing the tooth with nerves and nutrients. The pulp tissue can sometimes die if it is damaged or diseased. A root canal saves the affected tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal.
Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is cleaned and sealed for protection. A crown is then placed over the tooth to increase its strength.
Our Root Canal Treatment is a simple and painless procedure that offers many benefits, including relief of pain and discomfort, prevention of spread of infection, a healthy restored tooth that lasts a lifetime if properly cared for, no interruption or changes to other teeth, normal biting and chewing sensation and you get to keep your natural smile!
How Does A Root Canal Work?
A root canal is a painful procedure which is normally a last resort by our dentist, trying to preserve the tooth. If you have been recommended for this treatment by your Suncoast Dental team, then you may want to know more about why this is necessary, and how it works.
Why have root canal?
This treatment will be recommended when the patient has a deep-seated infection which is close to the root. When the nerve inside a tooth becomes infected, it is hard to treat without taking this action. The only other option at this point will be to remove the tooth entirely.
At the start of the procedure, the dentist will numb the tooth. A dental dam, a type of rubber mat, will be placed around the tooth to keep the infected tooth clean. Secondly, a hole will be drilled into the tooth in order to create an opening to the infection. Diseased pulp will be removed from the tooth.
When the tooth has been cleaned out and drained, it will need to be filled. The dentist uses gutta percha, which is a material similar to rubber. This material moulds itself into the space inside the tooth. The hole is filled with a permanent filling. In the future the tooth will need to be crowned.
In order to fully benefit from the treatment, it is important that you practice good aftercare when the procedure has been completed. This means brushing regularly and using floss around the other teeth. You will be given recommendations on what to do to preserve the tooth during the few weeks/months while you are waiting for the crown, and the dentist may also suggest a new oral hygiene routine.
Don’t hesitate with a root canal
Your Sun Coast Dentist will not recommend having this treatment unless it is absolutely necessary, so you should not be afraid to accept it. The only other option is really to lose the tooth completely, and have a replacement which maybe an implant retained crown.
If you suspect that you need to have a root canal, or other dental treatment, then you need to speak to us! Suncoast Dental is here to help our patients through every process.