Dr Jadav appreciates that many patients identify root canal therapy as being painful. He has mastered his technique of giving local anaesthetic and provides excellent pain control for patients.
Root canal therapy, also known as root canal treatment or endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure designed to treat infection or irreversible inflammation of the nerve or pulp of a tooth. This may be caused by deep decay, a fracture of the tooth, or severe periodontal disease.
To understand root canal treatment, it is useful to understand tooth anatomy.
A tooth consists of three parts:
- The enamel, which is the hard outer coating of a tooth;
- The dentine, a softer material that supports the enamel; and
- The pulp, which is made of soft tissue (containing nerves and blood vessels) at the centre of the tooth.
The pulp extends to the end of the roots where it connects to the tissues surrounding the root. A tooth can survive without the pulp, because it continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Root canal treatment is a safe and effective alternative to tooth extraction. Most patients prefer to save their tooth as it will generally function better than an artificial tooth. As good as an artificial tooth can be, it will never be more than just a substitute for a natural tooth.
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes infected or inflamed. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as deep dental decay, a fracture or crack in a tooth, severe periodontal disease, or repeated dental procedures on the tooth. Trauma to the tooth may also result in pulp injury even if the tooth has no visible signs of damage. If pulp infection or inflammation is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
Signs of pulpal infection or inflammation include dull aching pain, prolonged pain after exposure to hot or cold, tenderness on biting, tooth discolouration, or swelling. Often, you may not experience any symptoms at all.
Root canal therapy is commonly perceived as being a painful procedure. However, with modern techniques and anaesthetics, root canal treatment is relatively painless, and it should be no more unpleasant than having a filling done.
You may experience some post-operative discomfort for the first few days following treatment, particularly if the tooth was infected prior to the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with the appropriate analgesics.
Root canal treatment can be a complex and technical dental procedure, which is why it is highly recommended that the procedure be undertaken by an expert in root canal therapy. Root canal therapy has a general success rate of approximately 90%. However, if your dentist believes that the treatment is not likely to be successful, an alternative treatment such as tooth extraction and replacement with a dental implant may be recommended.
Our root canal consultant, Dr Nilesh Jadav, has completed further post-graduate training in the field of endodontics. He is a registered general dentist and holds a Masters in Endodontics from the University of Manchester.
He is very professional and meticulous in his approach to often difficult and sensitive cases and is committed to saving your tooth if at all possible whilst ensuring that the therapy is long-lasting.
If you have a problem tooth, make an appointment today and have it assessed.
Our root canal services are offered to and used by patients from anywhere in Western Australia. In particular, and because of our Perth CBD location, we are easily accessible for patients in West Perth, East Perth, South Perth, North Perth, Subiaco and surrounding suburbs