Keep your damaged or infected teeth for as long as possible with gentle, pain-free root canal therapy (endodontics) in the Perth CBD.
Root canal therapy (a.k.a. endodontic treatment) is performed on teeth that have been badly broken down, irreversibly inflamed or infected. This treatment is considered a last resort to save a tooth.
During the procedure, the pulp and nerve are removed, then the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Left untreated, these teeth would usually become badly infected or abscessed and have to be removed.
Why choose an Endodontist?
When you are seen by an endodontist for your root canal procedure, you can rest assured that they have the appropriate training to manage difficult treatments or retreatments of root canals. Studies have shown that endodontic treatment completed by endodontists have a higher success rate than when treated by a general dentist. This is true for both initial root canal therapy and retreatment of root canal therapy. Although the treatment cost may be higher, this is outweighed by the increased longevity.
A relatively painless procedure
Root canal therapy is commonly perceived as a painful procedure. But with more recent techniques and anaesthetics, it is relatively painless – much like having a filling done. Additionally, sedation and sleep dentistry options are available.
You may experience some post-operative discomfort for the first few days, particularly if your tooth was infected before the procedure. You will be given appropriate analgesics, however, to relieve any discomfort.
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Understanding your root canal
Your root canal is a natural cavity within the centre of the tooth. The pulp is the soft area that sits within this cavity. The nerve also sits within here.
Anatomy of a tooth
There are three parts to a tooth:
- Enamel – the harder outer coating of a tooth
- Dentine – a softer material that supports the enamel
- Pulp – in the centre of the tooth, made of soft tissue (also containing nerves and blood vessels)
The pulp extends to the end of the roots where it connects to the surrounding tissues. A tooth can survive without the pulp because it continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
A safe, effective alternative to extraction
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 a substitute for a natural tooth.
Reasons for endodontic treatment
You may require endodontic treatment if your tooth pulp has become infected or inflamed. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as:
- Dental decay
- Fractured or cracked tooth
- Trauma to the tooth (resulting in pulp injury)
Without treatment, you may experience pain or an abscess. Symptoms of pulpal infection or inflammation, include dull, aching pain, prolonged pain after exposure to hot or cold, tenderness on biting, discolouration or swelling. However, often, patients experience no symptoms at all.
Why choose Aria Dental?
Open six days a week – for your convenience
A specialist & general dental clinic – with leading dentists & registered specialists
In-house lab – improves service, saves time
Dental Finance available – Perth-based
Reduced waiting time – new patients seen within a week
In-house sedation – excellent options
Registered with all health funds – get money back
Provide in-house treatment, dental implant expertise & advice – no need for travel
Flexible pricing – talk to us
Our 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
Frequently asked questions
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Are there any cosmetic issues with root canal treatment?
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.