Root canal therapy

Root Canal Therapy Crows Nest

Root Canal Therapy at Dental On Clarke, Crows Nest

Teeth have three main layers: tooth enamel, dentine and pulp. Enamel is the hard, white material that covers the part of the tooth above the gumline. Dentine is a slightly softer material that sits under the enamel and also makes up the root of the tooth. Pulp is located in the root canal chamber at the centre of the tooth and is a network of nerves and blood vessels. When a tooth is healthy, the root canal is kept isolated from the outside environment, and so it stays free from bacteria.

Sometimes bacteria gain access to the root canal through tooth decay, tooth cracks or tooth trauma. This bacterial invasion often results in death of the dental pulp. Sometimes this process is painless, but this process can often be acutely painful. Antibiotics alone are unable to eliminate the invading bacteria because antibiotics cannot effectively access all parts of the root canal. The only way to treat those bacteria is to remove the contents of the pulp chamber.

What is root canal therapy?

The root canal procedure can be seen as a multi-stage, specialised dental filling. Root canal treatment aims to completely clean bacteria from the root canal of the tooth, and then keep bacteria out. By doing this, it is possible to save the structure of the tooth, giving you better chewing function and preserving the surrounding jaw bone.

How does the root canal procedure work?

Under local anaesthetic, the pulp chamber is cleaned and then filled over a series of different appointments. Dental x-ray films will be taken before and during the procedure to allow your dentist to monitor the health of the tooth, and the progress of treatment. Most of the tooth structure is preserved; it is just the infected tissues in the root canal which are cleaned away and then sealed off to ensure bacteria do not penetrate the tooth again. It is often necessary to use multiple appointments in order to allow the medications used inside the root canal to eliminate as many of the bacteria as possible.

Is root canal therapy safe?

There is a lot of misinformation about root canal therapy. However, when undertaken by a highly trained and reputable dentist, it has been proven to be both a safe and effective treatment to save you from losing your tooth. At Dental On Clarke, our dentists have extensive experience and training in this field.

Is there an alternative to root canal therapy?

An alternative to root canal treatment is the total removal of the tooth. However, in order to stop the bone underneath the lost tooth from dissolving, leaving you with a sunken appearance, it would then be necessary to receive a treatment such as a dental implant. Root canal treatment aims to preserve the tooth so it can continue to serve you in both chewing and appearance. While it can be an expensive treatment due to the multiple appointments required, root canal therapy is still considerably cheaper than dental implants.

What is the success rate for root canal procedures?

The root canal procedure has a high success rate, and that success is often improved by the placement of a protective crown on the tooth after treatment has been completed. A protective crown improves the strength of a root canal treated tooth and can help to keep bacteria from re-entering the root canal. A crown can also help a root canal tooth to look its best, so nobody will ever realise you’ve undergone treatment.

Root Canal Therapy at Dental On Clarke, Crows Nest

At Dental On Clarke, we believe in providing honest and straight-forward advice to all patients about the treatments available, so you can make the right choice for your health. If you believe you may require root canal therapy, please do not hesitate to contact us today to request your consultation.