Root Canal Therapy in Brabham
Remove the Infection and Keep Your Tooth with Root Canal Therapy
An infection can spread to the gums, jawbone, and even the bloodstream, and you may experience pain, swelling, and fever. If you suspect you might have a tooth infection, it’s crucial to see a dentist immediately so the infection can be managed before it becomes severe.
Root canal therapy at Brabham Smiles can help save your tooth from infection. It is a simple procedure that can help stop the infection and restore your teeth to health. The procedure involves drilling deeply into the tooth’s roots to remove active decay and infection. A special material is then used to fill the tooth to prevent further decay and damage. At Brabham Smiles, we use the latest technology to ensure your root canal is as comfortable as possible.
Dental Problems that Root Canal Therapy Can Address
Teeth sensitivity is usually caused by damaged enamel and exposed roots, which may sometimes need root canal treatment to save the tooth. During root canal therapy, the damaged tissue is removed from the tooth, and the root canal is sealed to provide relief from sensitivity and restore your tooth to its natural state.
You may be suffering from an infection if you have severe tooth pain. An infected tooth's pulp cannot heal on its own, which is why root canal therapy is necessary to remove the infection and relieve pain.
Root canal therapy can be used to save a tooth that would otherwise be lost to a dental abscess, a bacterial infection that causes pus to collect around the tooth. It involves drilling down into the tooth to remove the infected central tissue, drain the abscess, and medicate the tooth prior to filling.
If a fully formed permanent tooth is knocked out, the soft pulp inside it usually dies. After the knocked-out tooth has been successfully reimplanted, root canal therapy will be necessary to remove the infected pulp tissue.
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Frequently Asked Questions About
Root Canal Therapy
You are a good candidate for root canal therapy if you have tooth decay that has penetrated the enamel and reached the dentine. This infection affects the dental pulp of the unhealthy tooth. Symptoms of pulp damage include:
- Severe toothache
- Teeth sensitivity
- Swollen gums
- Loose teeth
- Deep cavity
- Tooth discolouration
We encourage you to visit Brabham Smiles for urgent care if you suspect you have an infected tooth so our experienced dentists can determine if root canal treatment is right for you.
Root canal therapy is a dental treatment for infected or abscessed teeth. Most root canal treatments require several appointments to ensure the infection has been completely removed and will not recur, with each appointment lasting 30–90 minutes.
To begin with, your dentist needs to take an initial x-ray. It allows them to inspect the roots of your teeth and identify any underlying issues, such as infection.
Next, your dentist will administer anaesthesia and clean your teeth. A hole will then be drilled in your tooth to allow access to your pulp. Your dentist will remove the infected pulp and nerve tissue using files. At this stage, intraoral X-rays are usually taken to determine the canal anatomy. The canals will then be irrigated with a disinfecting solution. Your dentist will place a filling for your tooth to be sealed. Then, they will fit you with an artificial crown to protect the tooth from further damage if necessary.
Your dentist will give you instructions about aftercare, including a proper oral care routine and any restrictions, after your root canal procedure.
- It is not advisable to eat immediately after your root canal. You may bite your cheeks or tongue if you chew while your mouth is numb. The best thing to do is to wait until the numbness is gone. It usually takes several hours for the effects of anaesthesia to wear off.
- You should avoid hard foods like hard candies and ice cubes that could chip your teeth. Choose soft foods that do not require much chewing. Once you are comfortable eating solid foods, transition to them gradually.
- Stay away from sticky foods like gum, which could pull your temporary crown out.
- Avoid eating and drinking extremely hot or cold foods and drinks that may cause pain or irritation to sensitive areas.
- You should also avoid using the root canal tooth for biting or chewing. If your permanent filling or dental crown has not yet been placed, chew on the other side of your mouth.
- Please do not smoke. Smoking inhibits healing and increases the chance of future dental work.
Root canal therapy costs can vary depending on several factors. Among these factors are the severity of the infection, the number of canals that need to be managed, and the location of the tooth that is affected. The cost of root canal therapy for a front tooth tends to be less than that of a molar. Root canal therapy starts at around $800- $1,000 per canal. Additional charges may apply for fillings or crowns. We invite you to a consultation at Brabham Smiles for a more accurate cost estimate.
There is only one alternative to root canal therapy, and that is tooth extraction. When a tooth is decayed or damaged, the nerve tissue inside can become infected. Root canal therapy is a procedure that is used to remove the damaged tissue and save the tooth. However, in some cases, tooth extraction may be the only alternative. This can be due to extensive damage to the tooth or if the infection has spread to the surrounding bone. While tooth extraction may seem like a last resort, it can be a preferable option in some cases. For example, if a tooth is severely damaged, it may be too weak to support a dental filling or crown. In addition, extracting an infected tooth can help prevent the spread of infection.
However, it is essential to note that when a tooth is extracted, the surrounding teeth can shift out of alignment, increasing the risk of decay and gum disease. In addition, extracting a tooth can make it more difficult to chew and speak properly. An artificial tooth replacement, such as dental implants, can prevent these problems after tooth extraction.