Root Canal Treatments
Root canal treatment is generally necessary if a tooth has extensive decay or if a tooth has experienced trauma at some point in time. The reasoning behind performing root canal treatment is to try and save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. There is a misconception that root canal treatment is painful. In reality, similar to every other dental procedure, pain can be eliminated and discomfort minimized through care and use of modern equipment and treatment methods. Root canals are typically longer appointments and as such our surgeries at Redland Bay Smiles are equipped with ceiling mounted televisions with Foxtel channels to keep patients occupied and comfortable during procedures.
Usually root canals are performed over 3 appointments. However, this can vary depending on individual circumstances. The first appointment is to remove the infected or problematic nerve tissue from inside the tooth and dress the tooth with special medications. The second appointment is to shape and clean the canal/s inside the tooth and assess response to the medication. The third appointment is to fill the canal/s with an inert material. Finally, the Dentist may recommend a capping or crown is placed over the tooth to prevent any future infection or breaking down of the tooth.
The above process is a very simplistic overview of what can be a complicated procedure. However, our Dentists at Redland Bay Smiles will keep you comfortable and informed all the way and, if required, will consult specialists to ensure you receive the best possible outcome.