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The Root Canal Procedure

In the dental industry we also use the term ‘root canal’ to refer to the procedure, or the root canal treatment, or therapy. The purpose of the treatment is to save the tooth and maintain your bone and gum density by removing the nerves and pulp. This process removes infection and prevents further implications


 

The below scenarios outline the process of laser root canal treatment. The type of treatment you will require will be determined during diagnosis and treatment.


Single Visit Treatment

  1. Local anaesthetic is given to numb the tooth or sedation therapy is administered.
  2. A hole is created in the tooth, reaching down to the root canals where treatment will occur.
  3. Laser assisted therapy is used to clean out the infection from the root canals.
  4. The root canals are flushed and cleansed.
  5. A special root canal filling is inserted in to the root canals and set.
  6. Your tooth is sealed with a temporary crown and ready for dental crown treatment.
  7. Root canal treatment is complete.
     
 

 

MULTIPLE VISIT TREATMENT

Sometimes the root canal infection cannot be removed in one visit. This usually happens when the extent of infection is advanced. In this case further draining of the infection is required, as follows;

  1. A temporary cap is placed on the tooth. This will allow for the infection to be contained and to drain out.
  2. Antibiotics are usually prescribed and instructions for pain management will be advised if relevant.
  3. Your condition should be monitored over several days and our dentists and team will remain in contact with you to check on your progress.
  4. You return for root canal therapy to cleanse the root canals of remaining infection.
  5. A special root canal filling is inserted in to the root canals and set.
  6. Your tooth is sealed with a temporary crown and ready for dental crown treatment.
  7. Root canal treatment is complete.
 

 

Followup Treatment

After your single or multiple visit treatment is complete you will need a dental crown placed on your tooth. This treatment usually takes two visits, as follows;

  1. A dental resin is used to shape a tooth in place of where your dental crown will go.
  2. An impression, or mould, is made of this tooth and surrounding teeth.
  3. The impression is processed in a dental lab, where your new crown is created. This usually takes 1 - 2 weeks.
  4. You return for your final appointment where your new dental crown is cemented in to place by our dentist.
  5. Dental crown treatment is complete.
 

 

After procedure care

  • For several days minimise any forceful chewing around the affected area
  • Be sure to brush gently without too much vigour
  • Floss as normal but avoid the area surrounding the affected tooth or teeth
  • Rinse with a mouth wash several times per day for about three days after treatment
  • Should pain worsen or persist, if crowns or temporary fittings comes, please contact us without delay