Root Canal Treatment
What is a root canal treatment?
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that replaces damaged or infected pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth) in the tooth’s root canal, with a filling.
Why might I need a root canal treatment?
If you have damaged or infected pulp in one or more of the roots of your teeth, or an abscess has developed, you may need a root canal treatment. This damage or infection may have been caused by untreated dental decay, decay beneath a filling, tooth damage, tooth grinding or gum disease.
What are the alternatives to a root canal treatment?
Remove the tooth – Removing the tooth will leave a gap that may need to be replaced by an artificial tooth.
Leave the tooth untreated – If left untreated an infection may occur and can spread to the jaw. Pus can build up and cause pain. Cysts may also develop and need further treatment.
Are there risks involved in a root canal treatment?
Like any medical procedure, a root canal treatment poses some risk and, on rare occasions, there may be complications. Studies have shown the majority of endodontic treatments are successful and uneventful. However, because people have varied healing responses, some infections may respond differently.
Root Canal Re-treatment
In rare cases, root canal therapy fails to work as expected. The treated tooth might not heal properly or a patient might experience post-surgical complications that jeopardize the tooth. Root canal retreatment involves the removal of the previous packing material, the cleansing of the root canals, and the re-packing of the tooth.
At Rien Dental, we utilise a Dental Operating Microscope during Root Canal Treatment, which allows us perform the treatment more precisely and enjoy a high success rate. Some treatment even doesn’t require multiple visits and need not be painful at all.
Have a question?
To find out if root canal treatment is the right solution for you, call us today on 9583 1654 or request an appointment online for an evaluation.
All clinical photographs and radiographs are of actual patients of Dr Changjie Guo