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Root Canal Treatment Overview

Root Canal Treatment is a very common dental procedure.  Advances in technology and practices have made this treatment as virtually pain free as getting a filling.

Inside each of your teeth is a pulp chamber in which the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue that help the roots of your teeth grow during development can be found. When the pulp in this chamber becomes infected it becomes necessary to remove the infection in order to prevent tooth loss and other potentially serious consequences. The most common cause of this decay or infection is a deep cavity, large restoration or cracked tooth, all of which can let bacteria enter the pulp. The procedure to remove infection is commonly known as a ‘root canal’.  It is a safe, effective and quick way to preserve the quality and appearance of your smile.

Whenever possible, it is a good idea to try to preserve the natural tooth with root canal treatment and a crown rather than having the tooth extracted, since preserving the tooth also preserves your bite balance, avoids uneven wear and prevents neighbouring teeth from shifting into the gap left by a missing tooth. It is also less expensive than extracting a tooth and replacing it with a bridge or dental implant.

At Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic, Dr. Brian Vaughan provides all Root Canal Treatments under microscope magnifiction allowing him significantly enhanced vision of the entire tooth structure. This in turn increases the likelihood of a successful treatment. Brian has a special interest in the provision of endodontic treatments (RCTs), with other dentists referring their patients to him for treatment here at Boyne Dental. He is also skilled in the re-treatment of previously root treated teeth.

Additional Information

Do all dentist's complete root canal treatments?

The majority of general dentists can complete root canal treatments. However, investing in state of the art X-ray equipment and microscopes ensure a higher success rate and less discomfort for the patient. Many practices do not have such equipment and will therefore refer you to a practice who do, like Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic.

Dr Vaughan has invested in a G6 LED global dental microscope to provide microscope enhanced dentistry. This allows Dr Vaughan to see between 2 and 19 times what the normal eye can see, making his treatment very successful.  The addition of this technology places Boyne Dental & Implant Clinic clearly at the leading edge for such treatments.

What are the steps involved in root canal treatment?

Root canal treatment will usually involve two or more visits to your dentist. At the first appointment you have dental X-rays to check the extent of damage.  A rubber-like sheet called a dental dam is put in your mouth to keep the tooth clean, protected and free of saliva. The infected pulp is then removed.

The pulp chamber and root canals are flushed and cleaned, then shaped, ready for the filling using thin files. A temporary filling is put in and the tooth is left to settle.

The tooth is checked at a later visit usually after 2 weeks and when all the infection has cleared, the tooth is permanently filled.

It is strongly advised that you then have the tooth covered with a crown, to prevent any possible cracks or fractures which may result in your tooth having to be removed at a later date.

Will I be sore after my treatment?

You may be tender for a few days following root canal treatment. Most people are back to normal the following day but it can also take some people longer. It is recommended to avoid biting down on hard foods for 3-4 days following your treatment to let the tooth heal. Should you still be sore 2 weeks following treatment please call us on 046 9028683.

Do I need a day off work following treatment?

Root canal treatment is very much like getting a filling. Most people are able to go about their normal day following treatment. However, should we feel that you may need to take time off following treatment due to the extent of infection or the difficulty of treatment we will advise you beforehand. We will also give you a letter for your employer starting you needed time off.

What happens following my root canal treatment?

After your root canal treatment , because the tooth typically has a large filling or is weakened from extensive decay, it needs to be protected from future damage and returned to normal function. This is usually done by placing a crown on the treated tooth. A crown is made of gold, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. It can be tinted to match the exact colour of your other teeth.

Is root canal treatment successful?

About 90% of root canal treatments are successful 1st time and the pain does not return. However, sometimes a root canal treatment needs to be redone or in rare instances, the tooth extracted.

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