Root Canal Treatment - Complete Dental

Root Canal Treatment

The aim of this treatment is to preserve a tooth when the nerve inside has become compromised

Root canal or endodontic treatment is the process in which a diseased, decayed or traumatised tooth is treated to restore health. If infection is left untreated severe consequence may occur including destruction and infection of the underlying jaw bone, severe facial swelling, and possible septicaemia.

Usually the only other option besides root canal therapy is extracting the tooth, which in turn creates other long term problems including:

  • Movement and tilting of adjacent teeth out of their natural position
  • Increasing the risk of decay or gum disease on adjacent teeth
  • Chewing and biting difficulties as more teeth are removed

How do I know if I require root canal treatment?

A dentist will closely examine the tooth and take an x-ray to see what is happening under your gum. Vitality tests are conducted to see if the nerve has died, along with investigation of your specific signs and symptoms which will indicate if root canal treatment is required. An unhealthy tooth may present as:

  • Severe pain which keeps you up at night
  • Some difficulty achieving pain relief with pain killers
  • An abscess or swelling of the gum adjacent to the tooth
  • Bad taste from pus coming from the infection
  • Facial swelling
  • Pain to biting or chewing
  • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Pain which lingers
  • Progressive darkening of the tooth

An unhealthy tooth does not always present with any signs or symptoms which may be surprising. These teeth are normally picked up during routine dental examination with accompanying x-rays.

What to expect:

Most people have heard of negative stories about root canal treatment, however in nearly all cases the experience does not feel too different from routine restorative work once the tooth has been numbed. The process involves removing all the diseased nerve and shaping the canals before filling the canals of the root with a rubber based filling material. It usually takes more than one visit to complete and xrays are taken of the roots of the tooth to assess the length and then of the final filling.

Because the tooth is non-vital it becomes brittle so requires a crown to be placed over it to strengthen and preserve it. In a lot of cases the tooth goes darker after the treatment is completed. If it is a front tooth we will suggest options to improve the colour until a permanent crown can be placed. The success rate of root canal treatment followed by a crown to protect it, is approximately 90% over 10 years.

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 3396 4094 to arrange an appointment if you require further information regarding.

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We go the extra mile to adapt our services to ensure your complete comfort. Should you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, we are always available for a reassuring chat — just give us a call on 3396 4094.

Preferred Provider for dental health insurance

Complete Dental is a Preferred Provider for several health funds, so you benefit from the best possible rebates on your dental treatments. It's important to note that we welcome and accept all health funds, making quality dental care accessible for everyone.

Our promise to you

At Bastow & Chye Complete Dental, we promise to provide you with exceptional dental care. We are committed to creating a welcoming, comfortable environment where your wellbeing is our top priority. From our personalised treatment plans to our patient-centric philosophy, we strive to make each visit a positive experience. As a Preferred Provider for multiple health funds and with two convenient locations in Wynnum West and Lota, we aim to make quality dental care both accessible and affordable. Our goal is to be your partner in maintaining a healthy, radiant smile throughout every phase of your life.

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