Root Canal Treatment

Sometimes, when you have heavily damaged or traumatised teeth, the nerves in them can die. This results in severe pain and infection, which is horribly uncomfortable for the patient. One path you could take is to remove the tooth fully in an extraction. But another option is root canal treatment.

Root canal treatment is a complex treatment that sterilises the tooth so that at the end of treatment, the tooth is dead but free of infection. That way you get to keep your tooth.

Dr David Delac and the team at our Bayside family dental practice are well versed in performing root canal treatments, and can answer any of your questions about them.  If you’re suffering from toothache or a damaged tooth, please book in immediately so we can assess you and decide on the best dental procedures and treatment plan for you.

How Successful Are Root Canal Treatments?

Root canal treatment is complex and therefore not all cases are successful.  Most front teeth only have one canal. It’s usually straight and easy to clean.  Success rates on front teeth are about nine out of ten.  

Most back teeth have three-four canals and often the canals are curved making cleaning of them more difficult.  Due to the greater complexity, root canal treatment on these teeth are more expensive and less successful, with success rates dropping to eight out of ten.   

Unfortunately, this means root canal treatment does carry some risk of not working.   If treatment is unsuccessful, the tooth will need extraction.

When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?

A root canal treatment is performed when the nerve in your tooth is dying or there is  a severe infection in a tooth. While your professional dentist at The Dental Family Beaumaris will assess and decide if a root canal treatment is needed, there are a number of warning signs that you can look out for. If you’re experiencing any of the following, book in at our Bayside dental practice as soon as you can for an appointment:

Relentless Jaw Ache Including Pain at Night

If you get waves of pain that comes and goes, or if it’s there the whole time, your body is telling you something isn’t right.  This pain is severe and pain killers provide little relief and  you will be desperate for help.  We’ll  be there for you in your time of need and get to the heart of the problem.

Sharp Pain to Temperature that Lingers

Do you get a sharp pain that lingers in your teeth when you have an icy cold drink, or eat some ice cream? What about when you eat a hot pie or any other hot food? This temperature pain could be an indication that the nerve in your teeth may be dying . Definitely come and get it checked out as soon as you can. 

Sore to bite on.

If you chew on the tooth and it is tender, it is often an indicator of a tooth infection.

Swollen Gum Associated With the Sore Tooth

If you’ve got a sore tooth and the gums surrounding it are swollen, tender to the tooth or have a small pimple on them with pus, it may be an indication a root canal treatment is required. 

Loose Tooth

If you have a tooth infection, it can be indicated by a slightly mobile tooth. This is because the infection can soften the bone into which the tooth is lodged. 

How Does A Dentist Know when Root Canal Treatment is a Viable Option?

As with all major dental services, a cautious and thorough approach to determining the right treatment plan is required. Our Bayside dentist team, headed up by Dr David Delac, will make a number of considerations before deciding a root canal treatment is the best journey to be embarked upon. These considerations include:

  • Whether there is enough tooth structure remaining to allow the tooth to be rebuilt successfully after root canal treatment is completed;
  • The size of the infection;
  • Whether the canals are very narrow or curved. This could affect the ability to clean them out properly;
  • What protective restoration will be the most appropriate solution for your unique situation?

It’s important to remember that after the root canal treatment is performed, the treated teeth will be weak. A rebuild of the existing tooth is necessary for longevity to protect the structure and ensure good oral health moving forward.  Often, this means a crown will be recommended.  All this will be taken into account before your dentist decides whether a root canal treatment is advisable.

How Long Does Root Canal Treatment Take to Stop the Pain?

The beauty of a root canal treatment is that your toothache in the affected area will likely be completely gone after a few days. You may have mild and temporary pain from the procedure for a few days after, and if this lingers we’d recommend you come and see your dentist.