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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment Richmond 

When a tooth infection is left untreated, it can spread deep into the tooth affecting the root and gum. When this happens, a root canal treatment may be required to help remove infection and save the tooth. Our team here at Elevate Dental, located in Melbourne, Richmond and Hawthorn, is experienced with root canal treatments and can ensure the procedure is thorough, effective and as comfortable as possible.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

 
A root canal treatment is performed to remove decay and infection from inside a tooth and its root. Using a computer-controlled unit, the root canal space is cleaned of infected tissue and then disinfected, which will allow the tooth and gum to heal.

With the latest technology, there is little risk of complications and the appointment time can be reduced. Many patients are relieved to find that pain is kept to a minimum, while most patients experience no pain at all. And if you are anxious, no need to worry because we can provide medications to help you relax, if needed.

When a tooth infection is left untreated, it can spread deep into the tooth affecting the root and gum. When this happens, a root canal treatment may be required to help remove infection and save the tooth. Our team here at Elevate Dental, located in Melbourne, Richmond and Hawthorn, is experienced with root canal treatments and can ensure the procedure is thorough, effective and as comfortable as possible.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is performed to remove decay and infection from inside a tooth and its root. Using a computer-controlled unit, the root canal space is cleaned of infected tissue and then disinfected, which will allow the tooth and gum to heal.

With the latest technology, there is little risk of complications and the appointment time can be reduced. Many patients are relieved to find that pain is kept to a minimum, while most patients experience no pain at all. And if you are anxious, no need to worry because we can provide medications to help you relax, if needed.

When is a Root Canal Needed?

 
In most cases, you can feel the pain or see symptoms of an infection that has spread into the tooth root. Some symptoms include:

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Facial swelling in the area of an infected tooth or near a tooth in pain
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Abscess either in the cheek or gum near an infected tooth
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Difficulty opening mouth
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Discharge from gum area
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Extreme pain with throbbing or pulsating
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Great sensitivity to hot and cold
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Pain while chewing

Sometimes a deep infection may be present, but you only feel a small amount of pain near the infected tooth. Getting treatment as soon as you notice the pain is the best way for the dentist to diagnose and prevent an infection from spreading and becoming worse. If left untreated, an infection can lead to complications as it spreads to other teeth, deeper into the gum or other areas of the body, leading to more serious medical issues.

Will I Keep My Tooth?

 
Teeth are mostly sturdy and can survive without the root, which is why a root canal treatment is one of the most effective ways to save a tooth. Once the procedure is complete, a covering will be placed on the tooth to protect it from further damage. This often includes a dental inlay or onlay, but if too much of the tooth is missing, we can add a dental crown to strengthen and protect it. Some situations might require a tooth extraction due to extensive decay, weakness of the tooth structure, or deep cracks in the tooth. If this happens, a dental implant and crown is a solution for a permanent fix that looks just like your regular teeth.

Michael N

Had a great experience at this office. Really happy with the results, and looking forward to visiting regularly!

Michael N

Will I Feel Pain?

We respect our patient’s wishes and we want you to know that we listen. Our experience has taught us that no matter what the dental procedure, many patients experience anxiety and fear. Unfortunately, a root canal treatment has a bad reputation, and creates more anxiety than other procedures. Fortunately, our experienced team can resolve most anxiety with a variety of techniques including:

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Noise-cancelling headphones
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Nitrous oxide (or happy gas)
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Working at a pace that makes you feel comfortable
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Local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area
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Sleep dentistry for the extremely anxious
When a dental exam exposes the need for a root canal treatment, inform the dentist right away of any anxieties or fears you may have. Together we will find a solution so you can feel confident knowing your procedure will be low stress.

We respect our patient’s wishes and we want you to know that we listen. Our experience has taught us that no matter what the dental procedure, many patients experience anxiety and fear. Unfortunately, a root canal treatment has a bad reputation, and creates more anxiety than other procedures. Fortunately, our experienced team can resolve most anxiety with a variety of techniques including:

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Noise-cancelling headphones
^
Nitrous oxide (or happy gas)
^
Working at a pace that makes you feel comfortable
^
Local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding area
^
Sleep dentistry for the extremely anxious
When a dental exam exposes the need for a root canal treatment, inform the dentist right away of any anxieties or fears you may have. Together we will find a solution so you can feel confident knowing your procedure will be low stress.

The Root Canal Procedure

 
Sometimes knowing what will happen can alleviate fears and concerns about dental work. Here is what you can expect to happen during a root canal treatment:

An initial dental exam and consultation will determine you need a root canal, and treatment will be discussed, including which protective covering will be used on your tooth after the procedure
Your dentist will irrigate the tooth root to disinfect bacteria and allow healing to begin
We may take a low dose digital x-ray scan to ensure all infection is removed from inside the tooth
The dentist will add antibacterial medication and a seal in the tooth to protect against further infection
A protective filling or crown will be secured onto the tooth, so your tooth feels and functions as normal, without discomfort

What if I Don’t Want a Root Canal?

 
As the old saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, and we would always prefer to do the least invasive dental treatment available. You can do your part with consistent oral hygiene practices and regular dental checkups that help prevent spreading tooth decay. In addition, regular checkups can help us find and treat problems early or can stop the problem from turning into a dental emergency.

What to Expect After Your Root Canal Treatment

 
Once the treatment is over, many patients are surprised at how easy it actually was. After a successful root canal, patients may experience mild pain that may last from one to three days, due to swelling and possible interference with the surrounding tissue. The resulting sensitivity or discomfort should resolve itself in a few days. The following are some helpful tips if you need this treatment:

If your root canal treatment requires a second visit, be sure to return to your next scheduled appointment so your dentist can complete the procedure.
Medications for pain or an antibiotic may be prescribed; it is important to take these as directed.
Brush and floss your teeth as recommended, while taking special care around the treated tooth.
If pain or bite sensitivity persists for more than three days contact your dentist.
If you smoke, now is a great time to quit to avoid future dental (and health) problems.

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Got Pain? Call Today

 
If you are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity and don’t know why, call today on 1300 2 SMILE (1300 276 453) and we will give you priority service. Our experienced and compassionate team at Elevate Dental Hawthorn and Richmond is ready to get to the root of your problem, so you can be pain-free in no time.

Got Pain? Call Today

If you are experiencing tooth pain or sensitivity and don’t know why, call today on 1300 2 SMILE (1300 276 453) and we will give you priority service. Our experienced and compassionate team at Elevate Dental Hawthorn and Richmond is ready to get to the root of your problem, so you can be pain-free in no time.
James M

James Wong is a wonderful Dentist. The communication and patience through the procedure was first class.

James M

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