Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment Parramatta

Root Canal Treatment Parramatta

Root canal treatment is the removal of infected or inflamed pulp from the inside of the tooth. Thepulp is removed from the crown and the roots of the tooth. Pulp is the soft tissue inside the crownand roots of teeth containing nerves and blood vessels. Once an infected or inflamed pulp isremoved, the tooth can function normally and usually be retained indefinitely.

Your dentist will take an x-ray of the tooth and the area around it. The tooth will then be numbed(an injection) with a local anaesthetic. All tooth decay will be removed. The dentist will gain accessto the pulp chamber of the tooth and remove the pulp from the crown and roots. The root canalsare cleaned and completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection. Following the root canal treatment, the tooth will be restored with a strong filling material or crown.

In most cases, root canal treatment is successful and the tooth will no longer cause pain. However,
there is always some risk depending on the condition of the tooth, the complexity of the root canals
and your response to treatment which may include:

  • Pain: mild, temporary pain following root canal treatment may occur due to inflammation ofthe tissues surrounding the tooth.
  • Infection
  • Discolouration: a tooth may become darker following root canal treatment.
  • File fracture: the fine metal files used to clean inside the root canals may break during use.Further treatment may be required.
  • Tooth fracture: root canal treatment may reduce the strength and durability of a tooth,making it more likely to fracture. Some fractures may require the tooth to be extracted. Thisrisk is reduced by placing a strong filling or crown.
  • Perforation: depending on the size and shape of the roots, there is some risk of creating ahole in the side of a tooth root during the cleaning process. Further treatment may be
    needed.
  • Damage to lips and cheeks: you may bite or rub the numbed area without realising thedamage you are causing. Children may need to be supervised until the numbness has wornoff. Bruising: Applying a cold pack to the area will help to minimise the bruising.
  • Nerve damage: if nerve damage happens, it is usually temporary and will get better over period of weeks to months. Damage may cause weakness and/or numbness of the mouth,lips, tongue or face that the nerve goes to. Permanent nerve damage rarely happens.

POST TREATMENT CARE: ROOT CANAL INSTRUCTIONS

Root canal treatment often takes 1 – 2 appointments to complete. After each appointment when anaesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing on the side of the treated tooth until the numbness has worn off. It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area and in your jaw for a few days after your root canal as your body undergoes the natural healing process. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications.

GUIDELINES FOR POST-TREATMENT CARE

A temporary filling or crown is placed by your dentist to protect the tooth between appointments, it’s common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling or crown to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, please call our office.

To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place:

  • Avoid chewing sticky foods (especially gum).
  • Avoid biting hard foods and hard substances (nuts, hard vegetables, ice, fingernails and pencils).
  • If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Don’t eat anything until the numbness wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
  • Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth.
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for few days after a root canal therapy It is not uncommon for a tooth to be uncomfortable or have a dull ache immediately after havingRCT. This should subside within a few days (or even weeks). Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, it is normal for you to experience some degree of discomfort for a few days after. The tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended by your dentist. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. If you were not prescribed a pain medication by us but are experiencing pain after your appointment, we recommend taking over the counter pain medication. We recommend ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin) or naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox). Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with pain medications or should swelling develop, please call our office. To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salty water.

Contact your dentist right away on 02 8036 2411 if you develop any of the following:

  • *a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
  • *an allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction)
  • *a return of original symptoms; or
  • *your bite feels uneven.

TAKING CARE OF YOUR TOOTH

Root canal treatment is only one step in returning your tooth to full function. A proper final restoration of the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term success.

The tooth that has had appropriate endodontic treatment followed by a proper restoration can last as long as your other natural teeth. After the tooth has been restored, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular check-ups and cleanings.

Painless Injection – The Wand

More comfort & less anxiety
  • Significantly more comfortable than the syringe.
  • Greatly reduces anxiety.
  • Can eliminate collateral numbness.
Greater Satisfaction
  • Patient are more satisfied with and prefer The Wand vs.the syringe.
  • More confident that their dental practice has the lastest technology.