Root Canal Therapy also called Endodontic Treatment explained by Ballarat Dental Care dentists in Ballarat:
Root canal treatment aims to remove the infected tissue in the tooth and keep the shell of the tooth, therefore preserving space, function and aesthetics.
Root canal is recommended by our Ballarat Dentists if you experience all or one of the following symptoms:
- Pain to hot, cold drinks and it lingers on
- Pain at night
- Pain when biting down and the tooth feels higher than all the other teeth
- Pain when eating cold
- Constant or Spontaneous pain
- Radiating pain, which may radiate to the neck, other teeth, shoulder and may also cause headaches
- Throbbing pain
- Pimple on the gum
- Injury or trauma to the tooth during sporting activity
- Sometimes, no symptoms are present.
- Large decay present on the tooth which involves nerve
Root canal should be a preferred treatment option where possible than to the cheaper options of extracting the tooth as the following issues can arise with tooth extractions.
- Drifting of adjacent tooth
- Upper or lower tooth moving upwards or downwards
- Bone loss in the extracted area
Root canal treatment cannot be guaranteed for lifetime. Root canal has a 95% success rate, if the treatment is done properly and it is adequately restored by the dentists. At times a root canal may need a retreatment.
Root canal treatment by Ballarat dentists may involve one to three appointments depending on the reason for treating the tooth. Root canal is not a painful procedure, but a long and complex procedure usually done for about 30 to 60 minutes on each appointment.
Complications of Root Canal treatment
- Endodontic files breaking in the canal
- Unable to locate the nerve canals
- Not being able to reach to the end of the tooth
- Crack in the tooth.
If there are any difficulties or complications with the root canal, the patient is referred to a root canal specialist called endodontist.