Root Canal Treatment
The mere mention of the words root canal treatment brings about the jitters in most of people. But what actually goes into the treatment?
What is a root canal?
All teeth are made out of three distinct parts. Firstly, the hard outer enamel; secondly the inner dentin and thirdly the inner chamber filled with blood vessels, cells and nerves. It is this inner chamber, known as the pulp, that extends down into the jaw bone through narrow pathways called root canals.
If a tooth has suffered decay or trauma, the pulp will become inflamed (pulpitis). Pulpitis can be either reversible or irreversible, and it is the latter that will require a root canal treatment. Failure to treat will eventually result in toothache, abscesses or referred pain.
Root canal treatment procedure
The treatment process involves the creation of a cavity that gives access into the root canal system of the tooth. The dentist will use fine instruments to clean up and remove the infected contents. At the end of the process a crown, inlay or filling is used to permanently seal the tooth. Based upon the situation, the number of treatments needed can go from one visit to many visits for the job to be accomplished in all aspects.
Is it painful?
No. All root canal treatments are performed with a local anaesthetic. In very rare cases however, because of the extent of the damage and the complexity of the procedure, the anesthesia may fail to numb the area. In cases like this the patient will feel extremely anxious about the entire treatment process. In order to help them overcome the anxiety and also allow the surgery to proceed smoothly the dentist may recommend that the patient uses our sleep dentistry service. This IV sedation will ensure that the patient has a comfortable, pain-free experience.
Our staff at Clear Choice Dental are highly experienced in handling patients who have dental anxiety. We can help you overcome the nervousness through our staff’s understanding and gentleness, and they have the experience of performing sleep dentistry almost on a daily basis.
What if the root canal treatment I underwent failed?
The success rate of a root canal treatment is between 90-95%. In rare cases there may be reinfection or fracture at a later point in time. Based on the reason for failure of the procedure, the dentist can consider retreatment of the tooth by repeating the root canal, or through apicocectomy, or complete removal of the tooth in favour of a dental implant.
Apicocectomy (and retrograde root canal filling)
At Clear Choice Dental, our dentists will recommend treatment plans suited to your needs.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.