ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Get your root canal treatment with cleaning and filling procedures by Ashton Avenue’s experienced dentist in Claremont. We provide root canal therapy at an affordable cost. Just call on 08 9385 6677 and book your appointment today.

Root Canal Treatment

If you’ve ever had a toothache you may wonder where the pain comes from; the tooth appears solid from the outside but when you have a look inside with the help of an Xray, you would see a space in the centre where what is known as the “Pulp” resides, which is a soft pulp tissue. If your tooth gets knocked, cracked, decayed or has a large filling close to the pulp, it can fire off the pain signals which we call a tooth ache.

Sometimes constant and continuous small insults to the pulp may lead to the death of nerve within the tooth, which is known as pulpal necrosis. The tooth is then referred to as a Non- Vital tooth. The pulp space may be infected with bacteria which may eventually lead to an abscess. In many instances the tooth can still be saved by the procedure called Root Canal Treatment.

Root Canal Treatment with Cleaning & Filling Procedures

The Procedure involves isolating the tooth with a rubber dam, getting rid of decay, old restorations and any cracks. The canals are cleaned and shaped with high-tech, sophisticated dental tools which include, miniature highly-flexible files and chemicals. It is important to reach the full length of the canals, so it is common to have multiple radiographs (X-Rays) during your visits.

The idea is to remove all the debris (which houses bacteria) from the full length of the canals and fill them to the optimum length with the biocompatible material. The access cavity is then filled with a filling material and will often later need a crown as a definitive restoration. With the bacteria gone the bone can heal again. Thus, your tooth survives and remains functional.

It is important to realise that RCT is not a guaranteed treatment but has a 90 to 95% success rate. An alternative to RCT is generally pulling the tooth out(extraction) which would necessitate artificial replacement of that tooth to restore form, function, aesthetics and phonetics.

After Root Canal Treatment

After root canal treatment the tooth becomes weak and brittle; weak because centre of the tooth is removed to gain access to the infected nerve and only the core of the tooth is left, and it becomes brittle due to the loss of nerve and blood supply. So these badly damaged teeth need protection from the masticatory forces, which can be given in form of crowns; although this is best judged by your dentist.

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