Root Canal Treatmentin Gosnells
Endodontic treatments are recommended when you don’t want to lose a severely damaged natural tooth.
Instead of having to pull the tooth, we repair it from the inside, allowing it to last longer. A root canal is often advised if your tooth is experiencing symptoms of pain, abscessed gums, large fractures or deep cavities.
The Treatment Process
The endodontic process takes three to four appointments to complete.
First, the dentist removes the nerve from the inside of the infected tooth. Then we put medication inside of the tooth and place a temporary filling in it. About three weeks later, we have you return for us to take the filling out and clean the tooth again, placing more medication inside of the tooth.
About three weeks later, you return for the third visit. If the tooth is fine and is not causing you any pain, the dentist will place a filling inside of the nerve chamber, and then a permanent filling over the tooth. Once the process is complete, the tooth is still present, but it is now “dead.” Because of this, it is prone to breaking down over time.
The Final Touches
To give the tooth strength and a long-term prognosis, we put a dental crown (cap) over it so that it does not break. A crown is almost always recommended when we perform a root canal.
Thanks to modern techniques and various local anesthetic options it’s unlikely that you’ll have any sensation in the tooth during treatment. For the first few days following treatment, your tooth may be a bit sensitive when biting. You can use over-the-counter or prescription medications to minimise any post-treatment discomfort.
For the majority of cases, the discomfort will subside dramatically within the first 24-48 hours. Any sensitivity to cold or heat will be gone after your visit. You may, however, experience mild discomfort to pressure that could last for several days after treatment.
To relieve any discomfort, we recommend taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory analgesics such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
There are two to three stages to complete a root canal treament, depending on your individual circumstance, so the treatment can require 2 – 3 visits to the dentist.
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