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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Therapy Hawthorn Melbourne

Root canal therapy was once considered a dental treatment to fear, but no more. It is a way to save a tooth while removing the source of harmful bacteria and decay. Our skilled dentists at Elevate Dental are experienced with root canal therapy and will provide a gentle and compassionate treatment that will improve your overall oral health.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

 
Your teeth consist of the part of the tooth you can see and a root that goes into the gum line that you cannot see. The root contains pulp, which is made of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. Sometimes, bacteria and debris can sneak into the root through tiny holes in your teeth or through the gum, and can infect the nerve and pulp. This can cause a lot of pain and swelling, and even lead to the loss of the tooth.

Root canal therapy is a treatment in which the dentist creates access to the root, usually through the tooth itself. Then special equipment is used to remove the infected tissue, decay and bacteria and clean the entire area. The tooth is then filled or capped to protect your tooth and root from further damage.

Root canal therapy was once considered a dental treatment to fear, but no more. It is a way to save a tooth while removing the source of harmful bacteria and decay. Our skilled dentists at Elevate Dental are experienced with root canal therapy and will provide a gentle and compassionate treatment that will improve your overall oral health.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Your teeth consist of the part of the tooth you can see and a root that goes into the gum line that you cannot see. The root contains pulp, which is made of blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. Sometimes, bacteria and debris can sneak into the root through tiny holes in your teeth or through the gum, and can infect the nerve and pulp. This can cause a lot of pain and swelling, and even lead to the loss of the tooth.

Root canal therapy is a treatment in which the dentist creates access to the root, usually through the tooth itself. Then special equipment is used to remove the infected tissue, decay and bacteria and clean the entire area. The tooth is then filled or capped to protect your tooth and root from further damage.

Is it Painful?

While the infection that creates the need for root canal therapy is painful, the actual treatment is not. This is because modern dental techniques allow the dentist to numb the entire tooth, root, and surrounding areas. We offer sleep dentistry for patients who have a fear of pain or fear of the dentist, which offers even more protection from discomfort. If you think you need root canal therapy, the best thing to do is to schedule a dental exam right away. The sooner the dentist can treat it, the sooner you will find relief with a better chance to save the tooth.

Signs You May Need Root Canal Therapy

 
Many people feel pain or experience swelling in the area of a bothersome tooth. But in some cases, the connection of the jaw pain and infected teeth may be overlooked. These symptoms are some signs that you may need root canal therapy:

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Pain in one or more molars
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Jaw pain
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Difficulty opening your mouth
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Facial swelling near a painful tooth
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Gum or cheek abscess near a molar
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Discharge from the gums around the molars
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Pain while chewing
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More sensitivity than normal to food and beverage temperatures
Sometimes patients experience tooth or jaw pain that seems to go away on its own, but then return months later. If this happens, see your dentist right away, because this can sometimes happen with infected teeth. The sooner you eliminate the infection, the easier the process will be and better the chance we will have to save your tooth.
Michael N

Had a great experience at this office. Really happy with the results, and looking forward to visiting regularly!

Michael N

Benefits of Root Canal Therapy

The most sought after benefit of a root canal is to save the natural tooth. Our philosophy at Elevate Dental Hawthorn, Melbourne is that natural teeth should be preserved whenever possible, and a root canal treatment helps us do that. Not only is it cost-effective, but will restore your bite, the function of your teeth, and your smile. The following are more benefits of root canal therapy:

Less Discomfort

Thanks to advanced dental techniques and effective anesthesia, most patients describe root canal therapy as a low-stress treatment. There may be discomfort after the treatment, but over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage discomfort, which often alleviates within three days as the root canal is healing.

Cost-Effective

Root canal therapy is often more cost-effective than tooth extraction and replacement with a dental bridge or implant. You also save money on future follow-up appointments that these treatments require.

Maintain Full Bite Function

Infected root canals create a lot of pain, making it difficult to eat and drink. But cleaning away infection and then using either an inlay, onlay, or dental crown to protect it will allow the tooth to fully heal so you regain full function of your mouth. You can then eat and drink without pain.

Lower Risk of Gum Disease

Infected root canals allow bacteria to escape and infect the surrounding teeth, gums, and even your blood. Root canal therapy allows us to fully remove the infected tissue, which will protect the rest of your mouth.

Improve Your Smile

After root canal therapy, a crown or other prosthetic is used to cover and protect the root and your natural tooth. These look just like your natural teeth, so there is no need to feel self-conscious about your smile.

Keep Your Own Tooth

Root canal therapy allows us to save the tooth, which comes with its own set of benefits such as lower cost, fewer dental appointments than extraction and tooth replacement, and maintaining the structure of the jawbone.

How it’s Done

If you are a candidate for root canal therapy, this is what you can expect when you visit us:
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You will receive a dental examination with x-rays, which the dentist uses to diagnose and treat the infection
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Your dentist will discuss the treatment with you as well as your options for a protective tooth covering
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The tooth with the infected root will be prepared to allow access to the root; this is often quick with little to no discomfort
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The infected root will be irrigated and disinfected
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Another low-dose digital x-ray scan may be taken to ensure all infection is removed
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An antibacterial medication will be placed in the root then sealed for protection
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The protective dental filling or crown will be placed, which will restore the look of your natural tooth
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You may be given medications such as antibiotics

After Your Root Canal

Healing may take a few days. However, many people pain alleviates within 24 hours. Your dentist will provide instructions on brushing and flossing in the area of the tooth to avoid interference with the healing of the root and surrounding tissue. Some people may feel the sensitivity of the tooth, which should subside within a few days. If sensitivity or pain persists, call your dentist right away so we can resolve any unforeseen issues.

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Call Today

 
If you need root canal therapy and want a comfortable and low-stress treatment, call our office today and schedule an initial dental examination. If you have pain now, call and request an appointment for emergency dentistry. Our team is ready to serve you with experience and compassion.

Call Today

If you need root canal therapy and want a comfortable and low-stress treatment, call our office today and schedule an initial dental examination. If you have pain now, call and request an appointment for emergency dentistry. Our team is ready to serve you with experience and compassion.

James M

James Wong is a wonderful Dentist. The communication and patience through the procedure was first class.

James M

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