Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Therapy Mt Gravatt

Root canal therapy is the treatment of infected or diseased tooth pulp

Root Canal therapy is the removal of a diseased or infected pulp. The canals are then cleaned with special instruments and treated with an antibiotic paste. It is completed by sealing up the canals using specific sealant to prevent bacteria re-entering the canals. An untreated or partially treated infected root canal can become very painful, often without warning.

At the completion of root canal therapy further treatment may be required. If the tooth has lost a lot of its natural structure due to decay, it will require a crown for added strength and protection.

Dr Paul Trembath is well versed in the treatment of infected or decayed tooth pulp. The success rates for root canal therapy are very high, and the tooth that’s treated, can last a lifetime.

When you discuss root canal therapy with Dr Paul Trembath, you will know:

  • What root canal therapy is
  • If you need root canal therapy
  • Indicators that you may need root canal therapy
  • Debunk some myths surrounding root canal therapy

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At a Glance

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy involves removing the inflamed, decayed, infected dead dental pulp. The dental pulp is below the enamel and the dentin of our teeth and allows us to feel temperature, and alerts us with pain to problems such as tooth decay. When bacteria enter the tooth root through cracks or decay the pulp will become inflamed and the surrounding area will become sore.

Where is the root canal?

Inside our teeth, under the white enamel and the below the hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue known as the pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissue and nerves. In, and below the visible parts of our teeth, right down into our gums, is where the root canal houses this pulp.

Does root canal therapy hurt?

Modern techniques and technology, paired with our pain management options can make root canal therapy quick and comfortable. For the days following, patients may feel tooth sensitivity especially if there was an infection or pain before the procedure. This mild discomfort can be relived with over-the-counter pain medications (if no allergies are present).

How long does root canal therapy take?

Root canal therapy can often be performed in one to two dentist appointments. However, the time taken will depend on each patient’s circumstances. Many factors that can prolong the procedure are, if the infection is deep, how decayed the tooth pulp is and how many teeth need root canal therapy.

When is root canal therapy needed?

Its necessary to undergo root canal therapy when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. This inflammation and infection can cause deep decay or cracks and chips in the tooth. If pulp inflammation is left untreated, an abscess can form that can cause severe pain and tooth loss.

How do you know if you need root canal therapy?

Some indicators you may need root canal therapy may include: pain, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, tenderness when chewing or pressure is applied to the tooth, spontaneous pain, discoloration of the tooth or swelling around the tooth. However, sometimes there are no symptoms at all. It’s best to visit Trembath Dental every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy.

Root canal therapy can save a tooth

Inflamed, tender or sensitive gums can be indicators of severe tooth decay

If your dentist prescribes a root canal procedure, there’s no need to be worried. Millions of patients around the world undergo root canal therapy each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.

Root canal therapy often comes with a bad stigma attached. But with developments in dental procedures, and many pain management options available, a root canal treatment shouldn’t be an unpleasant experience.

What is root canal therapy?

Inside our teeth, beneath the white enamel and dentin, is the soft tissue called pulp. Blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues are contained here which help grow the root of your tooth during development. When a tooth is fully developed, it can survive without the pulp. The tooth will get its nutrients from the surrounding tissues.

Root canal therapy also known as endodontic treatment can often be completed in one appointment, depending on each patient.

Root canal therapy is the removal of the decayed tooth root canals. It involves removing the decayed pulp and dead nerves, and replacing them with dental putty to maintain the structure of your tooth.

When the infected or decayed tooth root is removed, your tooth is as good as dead, so no pain or discomfort should occur.

How do you know if you need root canal therapy?

There are a few signs and symptoms that can be indicators that you need root canal treatment. But none can be definite unless you have had a proper examination by a qualified, and trained dentist.

Some indicators can include:

  • Severe tooth pain when any pressure is applied to a tooth
  • Spontaneous pain in the tooth
  • Your painful tooth looks discoloured
  • Your gums around the tooth are swollen or tender to the touch
  • A small bump has appeared on the gums near the painful tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and the pain hangs around long after

These symptoms can be similar to other dental issues like gum disease, so if you have any of the above symptoms, contact the team at Trembath Dental as soon as possible.

If you are suffering with gum disease, Dr Paul Trembath is highly experienced in treating this common dental concern and offers payment plans with all his treatments.

Myths about root canal therapy

Myth #1 Root canal treatment is very painful

Years ago, root canal therapy could be quite painful. But with today’s modern technology, and the use of strong pain management options, root canal therapy shouldn’t be anymore painful than having a simple filling. Dr Paul Trembath is well versed in the treatment of painful infected teeth and most cases will be treated quickly and comfortably.

Myth #2 It’s better to remove a tooth than have root canal therapy

The best option is always, to save your natural teeth. To date, nothing artificial can replace the exact function or look of your natural teeth. It’s important to discuss root canal therapy with Trembath Dental as the success rates for root canal therapy are high, and the treated tooth can last a lifetime.

Myth #3 Root canal therapy can cause illnesses

There is a lot of information out there saying that if you have root canal therapy, you’re more likely to become ill, or contract a disease. This is simply false. These claims are subject to research conducted long before modern medicine knew the causes of most diseases. Today, there is no valid, scientific evidence that links root canal therapy with a disease anywhere in the body.

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Dr. paul trembath and the friendly team at trembath dental look forward to meeting you in the practice soon.