Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

When your tooth is damaged internally from deep decay, disease or infection, you can often feel a considerable amount of pain and discomfort in and around the tooth.

Thankfully, root canal treatment – whose technical term is endodontic therapy – is a dental procedure that removes the damaged or infected pulp tissue in the tooth and then seals the space with a filling. Without this treatment, your pain would continue and your tooth may need to be extracted. Wherever possible, dentists will first and foremost try to restore the original tooth.

Your GWH dentist in Brisbane will firstly examine your teeth, possibly taking X-rays to help see the root’s size and depth. They will then talk you through the individual method they will perform during your root canal treatment.

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Your customised procedure will include the removal of the infected pulp and disinfection of the area.

The process is carried out under local anaesthetic and you can rest assured the treatment has a high success rate to restore the tooth’s function.

Generally root-filled teeth will require a crown in time as they typically have a higher risk of fracture.

If you would like to speak with a dentist in Brisbane about root canal therapy, the team at GWH Dental are professionals in this field.

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FAQS About Root Canal Therapy
Common signs that you may need root canal therapy include persistent tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold, swelling or tenderness in the gums, and darkening of the tooth.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia, so you should not feel pain during the treatment. However, there may be mild discomfort or sensitivity after the procedure, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
The duration of root canal therapy depends on the complexity of the case. In most cases, the procedure can be completed in two appointments.
The main alternative to root canal therapy is tooth extraction. However, it’s generally best to save the natural tooth whenever possible, as it provides better chewing function and maintains the alignment of neighbouring teeth.
With proper care, root canal-treated teeth can last a lifetime. Regular dental check-ups, good oral hygiene practices, and avoiding excessive biting forces are essential for their long-term success.
In some cases, a root canal-treated tooth may become re-infected due to new decay, cracks, or other dental issues. Regular dental check-ups help detect and address potential problems early.
Yes, children may need root canal therapy if they have severe tooth decay or dental infections. Pediatric dentists are trained to perform root canal treatments on children.
The cost of root canal therapy varies depending on the tooth’s location, number of canals, the complexity of the case, and the dental professional performing the procedure. It is typically more affordable than tooth extraction and tooth replacement options like dental implants.

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