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Deep inside each tooth root is a space filled with the pulp or ‘nerve’. Where there is long-standing or extreme damage to the tooth, the nerve may develop an infection or actually die, requiring treatment through root canal therapy.
When it is at this advanced stage, merely having a filling is not enough, and a root canal treatment is now needed.
This is diagnosed by a combination of any symptoms, and detailed tests and diagnostic x-ray scans. Treatment involves fully disinfecting the nerve space to resolve any symptoms, and can usually be completed in 1-3 visits to our office in Richmond.
You may be in need of root canal therapy. Richmond Smiles Dental provides root canal therapy in Richmond. Root canal treatments can sometimes be the best way to eliminate a diseased section of the tooth and prevent the need for an artificial replacement, such as a partial or dental implant.
Did you know — root canal treatment is among the most common dental procedures performed worldwide? More than 14 million are done each year. The treatment is simple, and it will save your natural teeth from being extracted or falling out.
Pulp – which is a collection of blood vessels – lies in the center of your tooth. When this pulp becomes infected due to injury or disease, you will begin to experience tooth sensitivity and pain.
The team at Richmond Smiles Dental will safely and effectively clean out the bacteria in your pulp chamber and save your tooth.
During the procedure the injured pulp is removed and the canal system is entirely cleaned and sealed. You will be given local anesthesia to alleviate any discomfort during the process. Depending on the case, some patients may require more than one visit to the office to fully complete the root canal.
The success rate for a root canal is a whopping 95%.
You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and resume a normal routine within a few hours. As you heal, expect the tissue around the treated area will feel sensitive. Generally pain is mild during recovery.
While signs and symptoms vary from person to person, here are some common Indications that root canal therapy may be necessary:
Aside from saving your natural tooth, there are a few other benefits of root canals to consider.
It’s efficient and cost effective: The process of extracting a tooth can actually take longer than a root canal. Why? Because patients will need multiple follow-up appointments for dentures, partials, or implants.
Pain is minimal: Thanks to modern advances and our expert techniques, patients who have root canals are six times more likely to report it as painless compared to patients who have their teeth extracted. Side effects are also greatly limited due to these new techniques.
Are there any disadvantages of a root canal? Not really.
Root canal therapy is the best way to save your natural teeth and eliminate pain and discomfort.
At Richmond Smiles, we are skilled in dealing with root canal procedures and always go above and beyond to help our patients through the process with comfort and care. We help you to understand the definitions behind your symptoms and the steps to alleviate them.
Treating infected pulp in a tooth needs to be a priority. If left untreated, it can affect the bone surrounding the tooth, causing an abscess and a huge amount of pain.
Trauma to a tooth, an untreated cavity, or an infected tooth may mean that a root canal procedure is necessary. If you have not been to the dentist in some time, or if you are experiencing pain in any of your teeth, it is important to contact our office, right in the Melbourne area, immediately for an examination. If necessary, the dentist here can refer you to an orthodontist, periodontist, or even an oral surgeon.
Ideally, if you come in for an examination soon enough, you may not even need a root canal. With proper care and professional treatment, it is possible the situation can correct itself.
Learn more about how Richmond Smiles Dental works with your insurance by calling us!