Root Canal Treatment Rowville and Narre Warren, Melbourne

Have an infected tooth? Help keep your natural tooth with root canal therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know if you need a root canal?

Determining whether you need a root canal typically requires a professional dental examination and diagnosis by a dentist or an endodontist, who specialises in treating the inner structures of teeth. Here are some signs that might suggest the need for a root canal:

1. Persistent or severe tooth pain, especially when biting or applying pressure.

2. Heightened sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lingers.

3. Swelling and tenderness of the gums around the affected tooth.

4. Discolouration or darkening of the tooth.

5. Presence of a persistent pimple-like bump on the gum near the tooth.

6. Tooth mobility or looseness.

Remember, it’s important to consult a dental professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

A root canal procedure, also known as endodontic treatment, involves the removal of infected or damaged dental pulp from the inside of a tooth, followed by cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing the tooth to prevent further infection. Here is a general overview of what a root canal procedure entails:

1. Examination and X-rays to assess the tooth.

2. Local anaesthesia to numb the area.

3. Creating an access hole to reach the pulp.

4. Removing the infected pulp.

5. Cleaning and disinfecting the area.

6. Filling the canals with a material called gutta-percha.

7. Restoring the tooth with a filling or dental crown.

It’s worth noting that the complexity of the root canal procedure may vary depending on the tooth’s location, the severity of the infection, and other individual factors. Your dentist will provide you with specific details and instructions tailored to your case.

A root canal procedure is performed under local anaesthesia, which numbs the area and minimises pain during the treatment. Some mild discomfort or pressure may be felt, but it is typically manageable. After the procedure, there might be some temporary sensitivity or discomfort, but it can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications.

To prevent the need for a root canal, it’s crucial to maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. A healthy diet low in sugary and acidic foods can also help prevent tooth decay. Protecting teeth from injury by wearing a mouthguard during sports and avoiding using teeth to open packages or chew hard objects is important. Addressing dental issues promptly, such as tooth pain or sensitivity, can prevent them from worsening. Additionally, managing overall health, quitting smoking, and avoiding habits that can harm teeth can reduce the risk of needing a root canal in the future.

Yes, there are alternatives to a root canal, such as pulpotomy, which involves partial removal of the pulp tissue from the crown portion of the tooth, typically done in baby teeth or permanent teeth with immature roots, and pulp capping, where a medicated material is placed over the exposed pulp to help the tooth heal when the exposure is minimal and there is no sign of infection.

Extraction may be considered if the tooth cannot be saved or root canal treatment is not a viable option, especially when the tooth is severely damaged or infected. Following extraction, an implant or bridge can be used to replace the missing tooth and restore function and appearance.

In some cases, the dentist may choose to monitor the tooth closely over time without immediate intervention. Consulting with a dental specialist is essential to determining the best treatment option based on individual circumstances.

The effects of a root canal can last a lifetime with proper care. After a root canal, the tooth is no longer vital, so it will not be sensitive to hot or cold foods and beverages. However, it’s important to continue practicing good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly, to prevent future decay or infection in the treated tooth. Additionally, regular dental check-ups are essential to monitor the health of the tooth and surrounding tissues. In some cases, a tooth that has had a root canal may eventually require additional treatment or extraction if new issues arise, but with proper care, a root canal can provide long-lasting relief and preserve the natural tooth structure.

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