Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is the process by which we remove the inner nerve of a tooth because it has an infection or is inflamed, usually from decay, disease or injury.
Root canal therapy relieves pain and saves a tooth that without treatment, can cause irreparable bone and gum damage and may end with the tooth needing to be removed. A tooth can have as few as one or up to four root canals.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is performed to save a tooth that has infected, damaged or decayed pulp. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth. During the root canal treatment, the infected pulp will be removed, and the tooth will be filled with root canal filling.
You will know you have a damaged root canal if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Pain when biting down
- A dull ache in the gum and roots
- Severe pain in the gum and roots
- Discolouration in the gum
- Swelling in the gum around the tooth that is infected
A variety of things can cause a damaged root canal. Usually, it is caused by poor dental hygiene, broken or cracked teeth where the infection has gotten into the pulp or injury to the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a very high success rate of over 95% and with an anaesthetic (such as sleep dentistry) and specially developed instruments can be completed comfortably.
Laser Root Canal Treatment
At Painfree Dentistry, we are always improving our dental technology. We want to provide the highest quality care to every one of our patients.
One of the latest procedures we offer is laser root canal treatment which has revolutionized modern dentistry.
What Is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry uses laser energy and water to perform a variety of procedures. This newer method makes treatments on the gums, teeth and bone less painful and more comfortable for patients.
The laser can perform dental procedures with less damage to the surrounding tissue, which results in faster healing time. This advancement has been beneficial for root canal treatment.
What Are Laser Root Canal Treatments?
Laser root canal treatments can be performed in one dental visit, typically lasting around 30 minutes. In some cases, a follow-up dental appointment may be needed, but your dentist will discuss this with you if it is the case.
Every patient is different, but for an average one appointment procedure, this is what to expect during treatment:
- A local anaesthetic will be given.
- With the laser, a hole will be made into the crown of the tooth, which allows access to the root canal.
- The infected pulp will be removed, and the area will be cleaned.
- The filling will be placed in the tooth.
- The tooth will be closed, and a crown will be fixed to the tooth.
If you require two treatments, there will be a few extra steps, but your dentist will discuss this with you.
Root Canal Aftercare
Your dentist will discuss aftercare with you but there some general advice for patients. You should:
- Brush daily with a gentle touch
- Use mouthwash to keep the mouth clean
- Floss, avoiding the dental crown
- Avoid hard or chewy foods
Choose Painfree Dentistry for your fast and efficient, pain-free root canal treatment.