Root Canals

What is a root canal?

The space inside the tooth from the centre, known as the pulp chamber, that travels down the length of the root to the tip (or apex) is called a “canal,” or more specifically, a root canal. Human teeth may have one to four root canals, depending on the anatomy of the tooth.

What is involved in a root canal treatment?

Root canal therapy can be preformed in single or multiple visits. Before the procedure your dentist will advise you as to the number of appointments necessary to complete treatment. If you had an infection or abscess in the tooth, the dentist may choose to have you start antibiotics before completing the root canal. Your dentist will begin the appointment by giving you local anaesthetic to “numb” the tooth that is being worked on.

The Treatment

When we carry out root canal treatment, we first anaesthetise the tooth fully to ensure that the treatment is carried out comfortably.
We then isolate the tooth with a rubber dam to ensure that the field is kept as sterile as possible and new bacteria contamination of the tooth by saliva is avoided.

We use modern flexible titanium rotary files to ensure that the canals are shaped efficiently.

We use high tech apex locators to establish the length of canals and to reduce the radiographic dose. We thoroughly clean the canals with powerful disinfectants to destroy the bacteria colonies within the tooth.

We then fill the canals with gutta percha root canal filling material to prevent re-infection of the tooth.

Recovering from Your Root Canal Therapy

When the local anaesthetic has worn off, your tooth may be sore from the procedure. Your dentist may recommend a pain reliever to take at home, and depending on the circumstances behind your root canal, antibiotics my be prescribed to clear up any remaining infection in the tooth. If you were on antibiotics before the procedure, your dentist will instruct you to finish the remaining medication.

Root Canal Brisbane

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