Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is the process by which we remove the inner nerve of a tooth because it has an infection or is inflamed. This is usually caused by decay, disease or injury.
Root canal therapy relieves pain and saves a tooth that without treatment can cause irreparable bone and gum damage and may end with the tooth needing to be removed. A tooth can have as few as one or up to four root canals, sometimes more. Root canal therapy has a very high success rate of over 95% and with anaesthetic (such as sleep dentistry) and specially developed instruments can be completed comfortably.
The process to insert mini dental implants is less invasive as there is no need to cut away gum tissue, and any tissue lost is immediately replaced with the implant. As a result healing times are quicker. Nervous patients may find mini implants easier to cope with, and we strive to make sure every procedure is comfortable at Painfree Dentistry. Mini dental implants are ideal for retaining dentures, as when used in multiples they offer good stability.
Mini dental implants don’t offer the same degree of stability as full-sized dental implants. These mini dental implants need sufficient vertical bone to support them, to prevent them from interfering with the structures within the jawbone. This could be an issue for anyone who lost teeth some time ago.
With the development of modern techniques this treatment is generally completed in 2 appointments. Once completed the tooth has no nerve and is no longer alive. It will still function as a normal tooth and must be cared for in the same way as your other teeth.
Sometimes when a tooth has undergone root canal therapy there is a need to remove a portion of its structure. In these cases it may be necessary to place a supportive metal post to provide the tooth with additional strength. Placement of a crown over your treated tooth will restore strength, form and function of the tooth.
You may experience some mild discomfort for several days following your procedure. This can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relief medication.