Root Canal Perth

Give your tooth a second chance!

Does your tooth feel sensitive and is causing you discomfort?

You may require a qualified dentist to perform root canal therapy to repair the nerve canals inside your tooth.

Deciding between root canal treatment/ root canal therapy (RCT) or tooth extraction is something we help our patients navigate through on a daily basis.

What dental problems lead to root canal or tooth extraction?

When you get a toothache – especially a constant throbbing pain or a severe toothache that doesn’t settle easily, it can be a sign that the nerve in your tooth is irritated, inflamed, dying or infected. The tooth nerve or ‘pulp chamber’ sits in the middle of the tooth, surrounded by hard enamel and dentine. This nerve can be affected by trauma or exposure to the mouth which can happen from dental decay, tooth trauma, periodontal disease, dental wear and many more. Placing a filling on the top of the tooth to seal it up simply won’t work.

The pulp/nerve (the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth where nerves and blood vessels are contained) can become severely inflamed or start dying. Either of these two scenarios mean the nerve will not heal. If left untreated, the pulp tissue becomes irreversibly inflamed and can result in severe pain or facial swelling within a few days. If left for too long, the badly damaged tooth and infected tissue may need to be completely removed to resolve the toothache properly.

To gauge the level of natural tissue inflammation and infection, an x ray is required alongside your dental examination.

Why choose root canal therapy?

RCT (root canal therapy - also known as endodontic treatment) means cleaning out the nerve in the centre, filling up the canal spaces and restoring the tooth properly. Root canal therapy allow 'dead teeth' a second chance for a healthy tooth appearance, long-term daily use and prevent further damage from developing.

Root canal therapy does not need to be painful. Most of our patients find root canal therapy very comfortable with just local anaesthesia. However, we also offer sedation for any anxious patients.

A well restored, root-filled tooth can last very long in your mouth, well over 10 years, which tends to be the length of the longest review studies. All our root canal treaments are performed by our dentist under a rubber dam/local anaesthetic in the chair, resulting in a bacteria free environment for the tooth. This bacteria free environment avoids the risk of a new infection forming.

RCT is considered a routine dentist procedure, although in some complex cases, a referral to an endodontist (a dental specialist in root canal treatments) may be recommended.

Some things to be mindful of with RCT:

  • If there’s not enough sound tooth structure left to adequately seal the root canals and support a restoration, RCT cannot be done and tooth extraction (EXO) for the damaged teeth is indicated instead.
  • RCT requires multiple appointments with badly infected teeth needing more appointments than other teeth.
  • RCT is an intensive, technique-sensitive procedure to repair tooth roots that can take multiple visits to complete. The cost of root canal treatment reflects this complexity.
  • The best prognosis for a root-filled tooth is when the root canal treatment is completed quickly, not drawn out over months and months, and a solid protective layer is placed over the tooth – often an onlay or dental crown is placed.
  • The risks of root canal procedures are generally small – occasional procedural complications may arise from the treatment such as infection, but these are uncommon.
  • Some RCT treated teeth naturally turn grey. At Maylands Dental centre, our dentists are well trained to combat/treat this when it arises.

Please note any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.

Before proceeding, we recommend you discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner first or seek a second opinion to discuss your medical history and any previous medical conditions.

The Australian dental association strongly urges Australians to have their dental surgery in Australia, as the benefits far outweigh the risks.

Perth Root Canal Treatment

If you suffer from a severely infected tooth pulp infection, you may need a root canal treatment.

To find out more about root canal treatment, the root canal procedure and the range of sedation options available, contact the friendly team of root canal dentists conveniently located in Maylands, Perth WA. We can also advise if you qualify for any health insurance rebates for your root canal treatment and dental care.

As a team of experienced dentists in Maylands, we provide a range of dentistry services including dental implants, dental treatment, general dentistry, sleep dentistry, teeth cleaning, wisdom teeth removal and more. We strive to make your visit with our dentist comfortable and pain free.

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A great smile is simply part of a healthy, happy life. At Maylands Dental Centre, we see the whole person, and we know dental health is more than just your teeth.

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