Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment Alderley, Newmarket, Brisbane

On this page, you will learn more about root canal treatments, the benefits they provide and how our team at My Dentist can help if you need this service. You can also download our price list, as well as learn more about our flexible payment plan options. If you like what you are reading, then please call us on 07 3356 3636, or complete the enquiry form below for your Consultation.

Robert D.
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Robert D.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

 
Sometimes when a cavity or tooth decay goes untreated, the decay can spread infection deep into the gum and the tooth, affecting the tooth root canal. A root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy) is a dental procedure that treats infections in the root of the tooth, where the tooth nerve and pulp reside.

In the past, a root canal treatment was once considered a painful and lengthy procedure. But today, this treatment can be done in less time and with greater comfort, thanks to the latest advancements in dentistry, as well as our sedation and sleep dentistry solutions.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

Sometimes when a cavity or tooth decay goes untreated, the decay can spread infection deep into the gum and the tooth, affecting the tooth root canal. A root canal treatment (also known as endodontic therapy) is a dental procedure that treats infections in the root of the tooth, where the tooth nerve and pulp reside.

In the past, a root canal treatment was once considered a painful and lengthy procedure. But today, this treatment can be done in less time and with greater comfort, thanks to the latest advancements in dentistry, as well as our sedation and sleep dentistry solutions.

What to Expect

 
The root canal procedure is fairly straightforward, and knowing what to expect can help put your mind at ease about the procedure. After an initial dental exam reveals that you are a candidate for a root canal, the following will take place:

You will be appropriately sedated or anesthetised for your procedure, and if you have dental anxiety, please let the dentist know

Your dentist will clear away infection and any pieces of the infected tooth

The area will be irrigated, cleaned and disinfected

In some cases, a digital image may be taken to ensure all infection in the tooth root is removed

An antibacterial medication will be added, then the tooth will be sealed

A dental prosthetic such as a crown will be placed on the tooth as another layer of protection

Do I Need a Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is used to save a tooth while stopping the spread of infection, which often begins with pain deep in the jaw, but sometimes infections don’t cause pain. When you visit our experienced professionals here at My Dentist in Alderley, you will receive a comprehensive dental exam, which will help us identify if you have an infection that requires a root canal treatment. The following are some general symptoms that might indicate a root canal treatment may be in order:

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Tooth pain that is not alleviated with over-the-counter medications
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Facial swelling in the jaw area
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Abscess on the gum or cheek, near an infected tooth
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Increasing sensitivity to cold or hot drinks or food
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Pain while chewing
Root canal treatments are often the result of untreated cavities, as decay spreads infection deep into the tooth root, causing inflammation and sensitivity. Left untreated, the infection can spread, leading to other problems like gum disease. Pain often keeps patients from visiting the dentist, but if you have pain, a root canal treatment can help.

Our team of highly skilled dental professionals have the experience and compassion to take care of your root canal treatment. When you call for your appointment, inform reception that you are in pain, so we can respond accordingly. While many patients who get root canal treatments experience very little to no pain, a root canal treatment can provide relief to those who do.

When you come for your visit, our first step will be to address your pain. If you have dental anxiety or a phobia, we offer both sedation and sleep dentistry. When your treatment is complete, the pain will often be gone. We want you to have a positive experience with us and keep your appointment as stress-free as possible.

Benefits of a Root Canal Treatment

 
A root canal treatment is a preventative dental treatment that will help save your tooth. This solution is the alternative to extraction and a cost-effect way to ensure your smile stays intact. Once the root canal is performed, a filling or crown will be placed to protect the tooth, so you can carry on with your natural bite and tooth function. The following are the benefits of root canal treatment:

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Stop the spread of infection

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Relieve pain and pressure due to inflammation

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Save your tooth from extraction

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A dental prosthetic will continue to protect the remaining tooth and root

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A cost-effect way to save your teeth

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Virtually painless, especially with sedation dentistry

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No need for a dental implant or bridge to fill in a missing tooth

After the Treatment

Once you get your root canal treatment and the new prosthetic is in place, you will have to take care of that tooth, so you don’t lose it in the future. Regular oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing as well as rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash will help keep teeth clean and free of excessive bacteria. Continue regular dental checkups and cleanings, to help catch any problems and avoid more root canals in the future.

Be aware that some people experience temporary sensitivity to the surrounding gums after a root canal, but this will subside as your tooth recovers. The following are some general tips to assist your follow-up care:

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Do not smoke for at least 24 hours

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Take any medications your dentist prescribes, as directed

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Ibuprofen can help reduce swelling (talk to your doctor, first)

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Use any mouthwash recommended by your dentist

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Avoid sticky foods for the first day or two

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If you feel exceptional discomfort, call your dentist for an appointment

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Our free pricing guide lists our full range of services, from general dentistry check-ups and maintenance to surgery, cosmetic treatments and restorative services.

Payment Plan Options

 
Optimum oral health with the right dental solutions should be available to everyone. If you believe you need a root canal or simply want to take charge of your oral health, we believe money should not be part of your worries. That’s why we offer our patients zero-deposit, zero-interest payment plans to fit your budget. To learn more about our payment options, click here.

Payment Plan Options

Optimum oral health with the right dental solutions should be available to everyone. If you believe you need a root canal or simply want to take charge of your oral health, we believe money should not be part of your worries. That’s why we offer our patients zero-deposit, zero-interest payment plans to fit your budget. To learn more about our payment options, click here.

Bruno S

Have been with them for a number of years now and the staff has treated me very well. Have never had any complaints.

Bruno S

When You Need Help

 
If you have oral pain or discomfort and need relief, we are here to help. Call right away for a complete dental exam and evaluation, and we will ensure your procedure is as comfortable as possible so you can restore your optimum oral and overall health.

When You Need Help

If you have oral pain or discomfort and need relief, we are here to help. Call right away for a complete dental exam and evaluation, and we will ensure your procedure is as comfortable as possible so you can restore your optimum oral and overall health.

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