Information about Root Canal Treatment

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WHY HAVE A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

A Root Canal Treatment treats the inside of a tooth to remove an infection and remove pain and discomfort. A Root Canal Treatment is usually required when there is a crack in a tooth, deep decay in a tooth or trauma. As long as the tooth is strong, then pain and discomfort are best treated in a tooth by performing Root Canal Treatment.

WHAT IS INVOLVED?

A Root Canal Treatment is usually a three step procedure. At the first appointment, the Root Canal and nerve inside the tooth are cleaned and antibiotics are placed. The antibiotics are then left for a period of time, usually one week or more. Then at the second appointment, the antibiotics are flushed from the tooth, and the Root Canal Filling is placed. To rebuild the strength and appearance, and prevent the tooth from further cracks, the third step is to have a crown placed over the tooth.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

Root Canal Treatment cleans away a bacterial infection from inside a tooth. There are times when despite successfully cleaning inside the tooth, the Root Canal may still become reinfected. This re-infection usually occurs in 5% of cases at Smile Artistry and usually when a Crown has not been placed promptly within the first month after the Root Canal Treatment. Sometimes this may occur due to a deeper crack in the tooth, which would neccessitate removal of the entire tooth. Reinfection will require Specilist Referral for anew Root Canal Treatment, Surgery, or Tooth Removal, all at your expense.
Other Risks include: Broken Instruments inside the tooth, Inability to negotiate curved roots or calcified canals, Tooth cracks, Tooth fracture.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A ROOT CANAL TREATMENT?

It is important to follow the pre-appointment instructions and prepare for after your appointments.

Take any prescribed medications strictly as directed. Have a good meal before your appointment as your mouth may be numb for a number of hours afterwards.

Be prepared to follow special dietary requirements including reducing the amount of chewing, watching your fluid intake and taking supplements, and special cleaning techniques.