The most frequent conditions that require root canal treatment are decay, gum disease, or injury to a tooth. Also known as endodontic treatment, root canal treatment is geared around strengthening both the tooth itself and the surrounding nerve tissue.
My Affordable Dentists can provide you with a qualified dentist in Western Australia to help you save your infected tooth. Root canal treatment involves removing infected tissue from your tooth, cleaning the root canal area, and then filling it to prevent further infection.
Before the procedure is arranged, your tooth will be thoroughly assessed to ensure root canal treatment is likely to succeed.
What happens during treatment?
Root canal treatment is usually completed over the course of two visits to your dentist. On both occasions, your infected tooth will be separated from the rest of your teeth using a surgical strap and thin rubber sheet, held around the tooth with a clamp. This prevents the infection from spreading, as well as you accidentally swallowing any fluids or small instruments during the procedure.
At the first appointment, your dentist will clean the dead or diseased pulp from the tooth and roots. Roots are also flushed with antibacterial solutions to remove any floating bacteria, ensuring it can be filled properly. Once completely clean, an antibacterial dressing and a temporary filling will be placed over the top of the tooth to prevent the risk of re-infection.
When you return for the second visit, the temporary filling is removed and the tooth is flushed with an antibacterial solution, before the root canal treatment is carried out. After filling your tooth with cold or warm rubber points, the dentist will seal your tooth, and may suggest having a crown fitted to protect the tooth from future fractures and reinfection.
If you’re unsure whether root canal treatment is necessary, My Affordable Dentist's can help you to make an informed decision before booking an appointment.