Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is a conservative treatment that is done on infected teeth that have been damaged mainly due to dental disease or trauma. It eliminates dental infection inside the tooth and may save your badly decayed tooth from extraction.
Every tooth has an inner chamber and root canal that contains the dental pulp. The dental pulp contains blood and nerves that make the tooth alive (vital). When a tooth sustains damage from a deep cavity, fracture, or other trauma, infection can set in and cause pain and pressure. If left untreated, the pulp can die (non-vital), and you may experience pain, swelling or bone and tooth loss.
Root Canal Therapy procedure is essential for patients with infected, non-vital or dead tooth. During root canal therapy the inflamed and infected pulp is removed from inside the tooth. We then clean, sterilize and shape the canals of your tooth and then insert a biocompatible filler to seal the canal and prevent future infection and discomfort.
The treatment can take multiple appointments, depending on how complex the tooth is and how long the infection takes to clear. At the end of the root canal therapy, it is advised that a full coverage restoration or crown will be mounted on the tooth to help protect from additional damage.
How long will a root canal last?
If you look after your teeth and gums, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime. However, you must have regular checkups to ensure that the tissues around it are nourishing the root of your treated tooth.
Root canal treatment at Thirroul Dental Care, the root canal procedure ensures that the root canal system within the tooth is:
- Thoroughly cleaned and shaped
- Disinfected with special medications
- Filled with a flexible root canal filling material.
There are times when we may refer to a specialist. In these cases the root system may be complex and referral to a specialist is required.