Root canal or duct treatment at Buderim Park Dental
This fact sheet is intended for those who will have a root canal treatment or who wish to learn about it.
Duct treatment involves removing infected tissue from your tooth, cleaning it, and filling it to avoid future damage or infections. Duct treatment can save a tooth that should otherwise be removed.
You will meet with the Buderim dentist, who will perform the procedure to talk about it. It may be somewhat different from that described in this document because it will be designed to suit your needs. The details of the procedure may also vary from one country to another.
About duct treatment
In the center, your teeth have a nucleus of blood vessels and nerves that are called the pulp. Each tooth can have one or more than one root canals.
The pulp of your teeth can become infected in different ways. They are between them:
- severe caries
- an injury
- fractured or free fillings, or recurring fillings in the tooth
- gum disease
Duct treatment can often be done in one session, or you may need more than one session to do so. Buderim dentist can perform a root canal or recommend an endodontist.
Preparation for duct treatment
Buderim dentist will ask about the symptoms and examine you. They will also ask questions about your medical history and any previous treatment that has been done on the teeth.
This can show to what extent the infection has spread if there are an abscess and the number of root canals in your tooth.
Usually, root canal treatment is carried out under local anesthesia. This anesthetic completely blocks jaw pain, and you will stay awake during the procedure. If you are worried about having local anesthesia, talk to Buderim dentist.
Buderim dentist will explain what will happen before, during, and after treatment, and any pain you may have. This is your opportunity to understand what will happen, and you may find it helpful to prepare a list of questions about the risks, benefits, and alternatives to the procedure. This will help you be informed so that you can give your consent if you are asked to sign a consent form to carry out the procedure.
What happens during duct treatment
If you need local anesthesia, Buderim dentist will allow a few minutes before the procedure to take effect. This will interrupt the spread of any infection and prevent swallowing or breathing any small instrument or liquid that is used during the procedure.
Buderim dentist will make an outlet in the top of the tooth and eradicate the dull or unhealthy pulp. Then they will clean the empty hole with a liquid that also helps eliminate any infection. The tooth hole may have to widen to make sure it can be filled correctly, and it is done with small rows. This may take several hours and may need to be done in more than one visit. If the root canal is severely damaged, this may be everything Buderim dentist does on your first visit. Our dentist will put a provisional filling in the tooth to maintain it closed until you revisit to prolong the healing. You can take an x-ray to evaluate before filling the tooth.
The removal of teeth will seal the tooth to prevent infections and major damage. If there is a risk of the tooth being damaged again, Buderim dentist may suggest that a crown be placed. The crown is an artificial cap that fits over the tooth.
What to expect next
Generally, the patient can return home when he feels he is ready. After the administration of local anesthesia, it may take several hours before your mouth regains sensitivity.
You may need pain relievers to relieve any discomfort when the effects of anesthesia disappear. If you need pain relief, you can take over the counter pain relievers such as paracetamol. Always read the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication, and if you have questions, ask the pharmacist.
What are the risks?
As with any procedure, there are some risks related to root canal treatment. We have not included the chances of such risks happening because they are specific to you and vary by individual. Check with Buderim dentist to explain how the risks apply to your case.
Cleaning the teeth can cause a slight sensitivity, but this is only temporary. If you have severe pain or any pain or discomfort that worsens, consult Buderim dentist.
Complications are problems that arise during or after treatment.
Other problems are unlikely to occur after root canal treatment. If your tooth does not heal properly or is damaged or infected, the root canal can be done again.
Your local Sunshine Coast Dentist in Buderim.
BUDERIM PARK DENTAL
6/83 MILL RD, BUDERIM-4556
PH: 07 5445 6577