Treatment for root canal is the most common type of endodontic treatment. Root canal treatment is the only means of saving a tooth in which the nerves and blood vessels within the tooth have been damaged or have died. This can happen because serious tooth decay has led to pulpitis (infection of the pulp), or because the tooth has been damaged by trauma or injury.
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the nerve and damaged pulp tissue. The inside of the tooth is then disinfected, the root canals filled and the tooth sealed with a crown or filling to prevent re-infection. Once the tooth has healed, you will be able to use it normally.
What Happens During Treatment?
Treatment can be complex and demanding. At Ocean Dental we have a specialist endodontist, which is a specialist root canal dentist with the particular expertise and equipment to carry out these procedures.
At Ocean Dental we’ve invested in the facilities and expertise to carry out these kinds of treatment and re-treatment. We also accept referrals from other dental practices.
Our specialist endodontist will make sure any treatment you have is painless and we’ll use local anaesthetic at every stage of the procedure to make sure you’re comfortable. You can also be sedated if you wish. After your treatment, the tooth may feel slightly tender for a few days, but this can usually be controlled with mild painkillers. Treatment time depends on the complexity of your case. For a back tooth, we’d usually book a 1.5 hour appointment for your first visit and after this, decide how much more time you’ll need. Although we can sometimes complete your treatment in a single visit, it’s important not to rush the procedure. Root canal treatment tends to weakened the tooth, so you’ll need treatment to protect it, this may include fitting a crown or cap.
At Ocean Dental we only use latest techniques and equipment, such as endodontic operating microscopes, so we enjoy a high rate of success with root canal treatments.
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