Root Canal Treatment – Gold Coast


What is root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment is all about saving your tooth. It’s aim is to:

  1. Remove the infected, inflamed or dead dental pulp tissues (nerve and blood supply in the tooth)
  2. Clean and disinfect the root canal space
  3. Seal this space to prevent further spread of bacteria to or from this space

There are times that the nerve in the tooth becomes sensitive or infected and needs to be treated. If the tooth has enough sound structure to be restored, this is our treatment of choice, as no artificial tooth will feel like your own tooth.

Each tooth has an internal space known as the dental pulp, which provides blood and nerve supply to the tooth. Presented below is a 3D model of an upper molar tooth. Using the mouse or touchscreen, you can turn the model to see this space in the middle of the tooth.

3D model – Use mouse or fingers to rotate

Tooth Anatomy - Root Canal

At times, this space can become inflamed or infected.

The main reasons for the pulp to become infected or inflamed are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Deep cracks in the tooth
  • Trauma to the tooth. (e.g. from an accident)
  • Deep restorations

 

Some of the signs of an infected/inflamed pulp tissue are:

  • Constant toothache
  • Severe pain on pressure
  • Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold

Most of the time, these are the signs of a dental pulp disease, but that is not always the case and thorough examination is critical to make a correct diagnosis. Sometimes the diagnosis of dental pulp disease is simple and straightforward. However, at times, it can be very complicated and specific attention to detail is needed. That is when effective treatment relies heavily on the knowledge and experience of the clinician.

At Trusted Dental, we are experts in root canal treatments. Dr Omid Salar has performed more than 3000 root canal treatments and has a good understanding of the dental pulp tissues. He will take the time and necessary measures to make sure the diagnosis is correct. More importantly, our focus is on the long-term survival of the tooth.

We will always have the big picture in mind rather than focusing on the root canal treatment on its own. We will explain the tooth situation in detail, so that you are an active part of the decision making. For example, sometimes a painful tooth can easily be treated by root canal treatment, but the extension of the cracks is not favourable. The long-term survival of the tooth may be questionable, and the root canal treatment is possibly not the best option for this tooth. It all comes down to establishing the facts and making an informed decision.

When it is confirmed that the pulp space is infected or inflamed and the tooth has an acceptable long-term survival rate, the only way to save the tooth is to perform a root canal treatment.

 

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What is root canal procedure?

The aim of root canal treatment is to remove the infected/inflamed dental pulp tissue and to clean the pulp space and seal it. Ultimately, this will lead to a pain-free tooth. To achieve this, a sequence of procedures will be followed:

 

  1. Establishing access and identifying the pulp space

This step is very important. Extreme care must be taken to ensure a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed to establish access to the pulp. This generally means more tooth structure will be left in order to restore the tooth.

At Trusted Dental, we utilize the latest technology, including a dental microscope, to make sure we can identify the pulp space and the root canals with extreme precision and minimal access preparation. Our aim is to have a restorable tooth that will last you many years, and no matter how good a root canal treatment is, if the remaining tooth structure is too weak the whole tooth is compromised.

 

  1. Cleaning the pulp space

At this stage we will utilize different mechanical and chemical techniques to clean this space as much as possible. Again, our aim is to retain as much tooth structure as possible while achieving a clean dental pulp space.

 

  1. Sealing the dental pulp space

Once the dental pulp space is cleaned, we will seal this space and the tooth will be ready for the final restoration.

We have summarized the root canal procedure here without going into too much detail. Most of the time, a root canal treatment can be done in a single visit. However, at times we need to break the treatment into multiple visits to achieve the desired outcome. There is so much more to root canals, and the best way to gain an understanding of your unique situation is to have a complimentary consultation at Trusted Dental.

If you want to know more about root canals or get a second opinion, book a complimentary root canal consultation with Dr Omid.

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