The objective of root canal therapy is to save a tooth that has been damaged by an accident or decay and therefore would otherwise require extraction.

At the suggestion of needing root canal therapy, many patients become a little apprehensive and put off scheduling an appointment. However, new dental techniques and the development of fine instruments in addition to highly effective anaesthetic options, means root canal therapy is completed more efficiently and comfortably in as few as two appointments.

Your tooth is divided into two sections. The crown is the white enamel you can see above the gum-line, and below the gum-line your tooth is called the root, comprising of the pulp, which contains the nerves, blood and lymph vessels. Teeth can have one or more canals.

Prior to the commencement of any treatment Dr Perks or Dr Steel will conduct a thorough assessment examination and develop with you a tailored treatment programme.

A rubber dam is placed around the tooth receiving treatment to keep the area sterile, protected and dry. Once the infected nerve is removed, the root chambers are cleaned and sealed to prevent any re-infection.

A crown is often placed to restore the tooth’s natural appearance and strength. You may experience some post-treatment swelling for several days. Over the counter medication will relieve any discomfort. Often a follow-up exam will be scheduled to monitor the healing of your gum.

On occasion, some teeth can discolour as a result of the damaged nerve. If this is a front tooth, during your root canal treatment, an internal bleaching agent may be applied to restore your tooth’s natural colour and appearance. This whitening treatment may involve one or several appointments. Internal whitening of a tooth is usually performed when most of the tooth’s natural structure is retained.

Root canal therapy has a success rate of over 95%.

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