Root Canal Treatment

At Comprehensive Dental Care we use modern best available technologies to perform root canal treatment. Root canal treatment is used to repair the damaged inside of a tooth. It is also called endodontic treatment.

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We like to see your teeth in optimum health at all times, however in the case of infection we can treat the tooth to restore function. Teeth can become infected if you have poor oral hygiene, has a result of deep cavity cause by decay or from a severely cracked tooth.

In this case, you will need to visit your dentist promptly to receive root canal treatment to have any chance of saving your natural tooth. This will prevent any further corrosion to your tooth and nerve.

Endodontic treatment, otherwise known as root canal treatment aims to clean out the infected tooth pulp (inside of tooth) to prevent the nerve from dying.

Signs you may require root canal treatment:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods or beverages
  • Constant throbbing tooth pain
  • Pain when biting and chewing
  • Looseness of the tooth
    Pus surrounding the tooth

The tooth is encased in a ‘rubber dam’ so the infection does not spread to surrounding teeth or gums.

A small incision is made inside the chamber of the tooth, to extract the infected matter from the tooth pulp. The inside of the cavity is then thoroughly cleaned and the debris is removed.

When the tooth is infection-free, it is then filled and sealed to leave a fully functioning and healthy tooth.

Microscope assisted Root Canal Treatment

The use of dental microscopes is the new standard of care for root canal therapy. At Comprehensive Dental Care Queanbeyan, We use state-of-art modern techniques and tools including microscope for root canal treatment. This enhance the success rate of this procedure. The magnification and resolution of the microscope used to deliver the highest standard root canal treatment for our valued patients.

Technologies in use:

Microscope

The microscope is an integral and important part of the performance of modern endodontics techniques. Microscope aid in root canal therapy as well as various other procedures requiring high magnification and precision.

Cone Beam CT

Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art, small volume cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology that provides highly accurate, 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of endodontic disease

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Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Are you facing the cracked tooth syndrome? First you need to understand what cracked tooth syndrome is in order to get the correct treatment from the dentist. A tooth may crack from a variety of different scenarios, and it is important to remember that most of the time, a cracked tooth can be saved, if it is treated early.

The dentist may use different terminologies to define your cracked tooth, the most common of which are fractures, split, crack or craze. In order to help you understand the cracked tooth syndrome better here are some of the frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions about Cracked Tooth Syndrome

In order to get effective treatment for a cracked tooth, you need to understand what the symptoms of a cracked tooth are. Here are some of the most common symptoms you need to watch out for a cracked tooth:

  • Sudden sensitivity to sweet foods
  • Sharp pain when chewing
  • Discomfort or pain when crack is exposed to liquids or hot food
  • Difficulty in identifying the source of the pain in the teeth

All these symptoms suggest that you may have a cracked tooth and therefore, should look to get effective treatment from the dentist as quickly as possible.

There are lots of causes for a cracked tooth, and it is important that you keep your teeth in good condition in order to prevent a cracked tooth. Here are some things that may cause a cracked tooth:

  • A blow to the teeth
  • Clenching, grinding and chewing
  • Bruxism
  • Tooth decay & large fillings

These are just some of the causes of a cracked tooth, and you should consider getting the tooth treated quickly in order to avoid looking the tooth forever.

The diagnosis of a cracked tooth can be quite confusing for a dentist, which is why it is advised that you should visit the dentist as early as possible. Sometimes the cracks may not be visible, and the symptoms may not be consistent, which can throw the dentist off their game. In such situations, the dentist will look at the following measures:

  • Dental examination
  • Bite tests
  • Radiographic exam (X-Rays)
  • Removal of fillings
  • Staining the teeth
  • Temperature change test
  • Transillumination

It is important to diagnose the cracked tooth in the correct manner, so that the dentist may find a suitable treatment for the tooth.

It is important that you get treatment for a cracked tooth as early as possible, which mostly depends upon the type of crack that you have experienced. There are basically 2 types of cracks:

A Simple Crack

If you have a simple cracked tooth, it will only require placing a filling on the tooth, so that the crack doesn’t spread and you don’t feel any more discomfort from the tooth.

A Complex Crack

In the event that you have a complex cracked tooth, your dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist or an endotontist. It is possible that you may require root canal treatment for the cracked tooth.

Frequently Asked Questions about Root Canal Treatment

One of the most common dental treatments today is the root canal treatment, also known as the endodontic treatment. It is used primarily to save the teeth from extraction, and treat the damage caused by tooth decay, injury or any other disease.

People who choose to save their teeth, rather than opt for artificial teeth, often choose root canal, since they want to keep their natural teeth. It is also because your natural teeth are stronger and provide you with better chewing and biting capacity than artificial teeth. It is a highly successful dental treatment and one which provides good results, which is why so many people prefer root canals. If you are getting a root canal, here are some frequently asked questions about the treatment.

Lots of people choose to get root canals; some of the major reasons for getting this dental treatment are due to an inflammation or infection of the pulp. Here are some common factors leading to infection or inflammation of the pulp:

  • A deep cavity
  • Extreme wear
  • Gum disease
  • Trauma
  • Breakdown of a crown or filling

These are just some of the main reasons that may cause an infection. The symptoms can be extremely painful and include tooth discolouration, swelling, soreness in the gums, and sensitivity. In order to save the teeth in such circumstances, a root canal is the only practical option left for people.

Once you decide to get root canal treatment, your dentist will examine the tooth and may request an X-Ray of the teeth in order to determine the extent of the damage. A dental drill will be required to reach the pulp and the dentist will then remove the infected or inflamed pulp. It will require several visits to the dentist during root canal treatment, and you will experience discomfort and pain during that time.

After the removal of the pulp completely, the tissues surrounding the area will start to heal the affected portion. The dentist will request further X-Rays in order to check whether the root canal treatment was successful or not. In some cases, it may be required to remove a major portion of root and it is known as root resection. Your root canal will be filled after the treatment, and you may also require an artificial crown in order to protect and strengthen the teeth.

When you are getting a root canal, it is possible that you may face certain complications. This is why you should familiarise yourself with them, so that you don’t end up being surprised by them in the end. Here are some of the major complications that you may face with root canal treatment:

  • Loss of tooth
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Altered feeling
  • File fracture
  • Weakness
  • Re-treatment

All these complications are a part of the root canal treatment, but that does not necessarily mean that these complications will occur during your treatment.

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