Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Treatment in Perth
The goal of Root Canal Therapy is to save a tooth that has been damaged by decay, periodontal disease or trauma, and is beyond repair by means of a simple restoration/filling. A toothache is often resolved immediately after your first root canal treatment.
Where possible we always try to save our clients teeth, no matter how bad the damage is. Root canal treatment is the way to do this and is essentially a big filling.
To achieve the most effective result and to avoid infection we start by treating the nerve under the tooth with an antibiotic.
While many patients can be concerned that this process will be painful, we always keep our clients comfortable through the use anaesthetic and prescription of effective painkillers.
Root Canal treatment is successful in most cases, which means you shouldn’t experience issues or aching in that tooth for many years, if ever again. After treatment our dentists provide you with a thorough treatment plan and instructions for cleaning the affected area.
Root canal therapy may be recommended to you because:
- You’ve had extensive dental work on a single tooth
- Recurrent decay under a filling, crown or veneer
- Deep decay
- Periodontal/Gum disease
- Tooth wear
Root Canal Therapy normally takes several visits. The process involves:
- Removal of the nerve and blood supply of the tooth and applying of an antibiotic paste and temporary filling (done with local anaesthetic)
- Preparation of the inside of the tooth for filling, placement antibiotic paste and temporary filling (done with local anaesthetic)
- Final preparation and filling of the canals (done with or without local anaesthetic, depending on sensitivity)
- Filling over successfully completed root canal (done with or without local anaesthetic)
- Adding a crown (optional)
- Sometimes, a tooth may require a subsequent visit which is for a final antibiotic treatment.
A crown is usually recommended after Root Canal Therapy. The tooth can become brittle and more prone to fracture so the crown acts like a helmet to protect the compromised tooth.