At Artful Dentistry we take patient satisfaction and oral health very seriously. Sometimes when a patient experiences serve damaged to a tooth the only way to save it is to undergo root canal treatment. Dr Mazaheri is very experienced at performing root canal treatment and takes great care to personalise the treatment for the needs of the individual patient.
The aim of root canal treatment is to save a tooth which has been badly damaged due to decay, disease or injury. Many millions of teeth each year are saved from extraction by having root treatment. Most people prefer to save their tooth because it generally will function better than an artificial tooth. Your own tooth is typically stronger and more efficient for biting and chewing. Cleaning and maintenance of natural tooth are much easier. However good an artificial tooth can be, it will never be more than just a substitute for a real tooth. Problems with biting, chewing and oral health are associated with losing a tooth.
For example, nearby teeth can move out of their normal position and tilt into the space left by a missing tooth. This can make chewing and biting difficult, and can lead to further decay and gum disease around the tilted teeth. Root canal treatment is successful in most cases. If you take good care of the treated tooth, it ma last for many years and possibly the rest of your life. Your tooth will not be treated unless the treatment is likely to succeed. Root canal treatment may not be appropriate in some cases, and extraction may be the best, or only option.
You may need to make several visits to the dentist to complete the treatment. A temporary filling will protect the inside of the tooth between visits. Pain or discomfort, if any, usually lasts no more than a few days. Some people may want to take a mild pain reliever such as ibuprofen, aspirin or paracetamol. Your dentist may take several x-rays to check he shape and length of the root canals and the success of the treatment.
To protect the inside of the tooth and prevent further infection, the root canals are filled, and the pup chamber is sealed. A post may be inserted inside the tooth if it lacks enough structure to support an artificial crown. As the jaw bone surrounding the treated tooth takes some time to heal completely, follow-up visits may be needed to see whether healing has been satisfactory. This is usually checked by examining the tooth and gums and by taking an x-ray. To help the healing process, you should continue to practice good hygiene, including brushing, flossing and regular check-ups.
To schedule an examination for consultation of root canal treatment give us a call at (02) 6258 5830 .