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A root canal treatment addresses problem of the pulp of the tooth that is inflamed, infected, or dead.

The dental pulp is a soft substance in the centre of the tooth that consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues.

The pulp chamber is the hollow part in the centre of the tooth that contains the pulp, and it continues down to the canals that extend through the roots of teeth and to the surrounding bone.

What is Endodontics?

Tooth trauma or deep tooth decay, cracks or injuries may lead to the inflammation and infection of the tooth pulp which, if left unattended, may result in severe pain and abscess of the tooth root.

A root canal (or endodontic) procedure may then need to be carried out to treat and save the natural tooth.

We conduct all procedures associated with endodontic treatments including root canal procedures, reposition of dislodged or knocked out tooth and fractures or chips on tooth or roots and apisectomies, among others. Endodontic treatments usually take more than one visit, depending on the condition of the tooth.

What is Endodontics?

Tooth trauma or deep tooth decay, cracks or injuries may lead to the inflammation and infection of the tooth pulp which, if left unattended, may result in severe pain and abscess of the tooth root.

A root canal (or endodontic) procedure may then need to be carried out to treat and save the natural tooth.

We conduct all procedures associated with endodontic treatments including root canal procedures, reposition of dislodged or knocked out tooth and fractures or chips on tooth or roots and apisectomies, among others. Endodontic treatments usually take more than one visit, depending on the condition of the tooth.

How do you know if you need a root canal?

Root canal treatment is done when the pulp of the tooth that is inflamed, infected, or dead.

Root canal infection can result in:

  • Redness and swelling in the face, neck, or head
  • Recessive bone loss around the affected tooth
  • Drainage problems may spread from the root. A hole can form on the side of the tooth, draining into the gums or through the cheek with drainage to the skin

Signs that indicate the need for a root canal treatment:

  • Pain in the affected tooth
  • Sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • Discolouration of a tooth due to trauma
  • Swollen face
  • Sensitive gums which are painful when chewing

What to expect during a root canal treatment

If you think you need a root canal treatment, consult your Miranda dentist. There are a number of steps that occur over a few office visits.

  1. X-ray – if your dentist suspects you may need a root canal, X-rays will be taken, or existing X-rays examined to show where the decay is located.
  2. Anaesthesia – local anaesthesia is administered to the affected tooth. Contrary to popular belief, root canal treatment is no more painful than a filling.
  3. Pulpectomy – an opening is made, and the infected tooth pulp is removed.
  4. Filling – the roots that have been exposed are filled with gutta-percha material and sealed off with dental cement.

Dental Technologies We Use

Piezoelectric

The Piezoelectric is high-technology equipment used in oral surgeries including implantology, periodontology and endodontic surgeries, involving bone-cutting procedures, tooth removals and root canal procedures.

This equipment uses an ultrasonic frequency that allows the dental practitioner to cut and remove bone in a precise and safe manner with minimum impact on the soft tissue surrounding the bone; this results in minimum trauma, less pain and better and quick healing.

We also use the Piezoelectric to remove calculus during scaling procedures for the safe removal of contaminated tissue without damaging the healthy tissue nearby.

Electronic Apex Locator

One of the various challenges in root canal treatments is the accurate location of the apex which is the tip of the root (also known as the pulpal floor) of a tooth before it is (unexpectedly) perforated.

During a root canal procedure, the Electronic Apex Locator provides feedback to the dental practitioner once the periodontal ligament has been touched as an indication that the apex of the tooth has been located.

This equipment, therefore, allows us to conduct your root canal procedures in a safe and accurate manner minimising the risk of potential periodontal ligament perforations and haemorrhage and the need to unnecessary radiology imaging exposure.

Electronic Apex Locator

One of the various challenges in root canal treatments is the accurate location of the apex which is the tip of the root (also known as the pulpal floor) of a tooth before it is (unexpectedly) perforated.

During a root canal procedure, the Electronic Apex Locator provides feedback to the dental practitioner once the periodontal ligament has been touched as an indication that the apex of the tooth has been located.

This equipment, therefore, allows us to conduct your root canal procedures in a safe and accurate manner minimising the risk of potential periodontal ligament perforations and haemorrhage and the need to unnecessary radiology imaging exposure.

Rotary System

The number of curves and degree of curvature of tooth canals represents a challenge for the dental practitioner conducting a root canal treatment. The Rotary System is a new concept in root canal preparation.

In a root canal treatment, endodontic files (usually stainless steel or nickel-titanium files) are used to clean and shape the tooth canals while preparing them to receive the treatment.

Contrary to standard endodontic files, a Rotary System is a vibratory system that provides the flexibility necessary for rotary movements within the tooth canals without impacting or damaging the canal configuration.

We must note that our dental practitioner uses one set of files per patient and discards them after each use, in line with our commitment to meet current standards of infection prevention and control.

This modern technology allows us to conduct your root canal treatment in a more accurate and safe manner overcoming the challenges explained above.

Root Canal Treatment in Miranda

At VIP Dental Clinic Miranda, we want you to have a healthy and long-lasting smile. We offer modern and effective dental treatments.

If you experience extreme tooth pain, visit your Miranda dentist as soon as possible. We can restore and save your teeth with root canal treatment before it gets out of hand.

Root Canal Treatment in Miranda

To find out more about root canal treatment in Miranda, call us on (02) 9531 1312 or booking your appointment online.

We are located at 11/468-472 Kingsway in Miranda.

Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are the most commonly asked questions we receive from our patients.

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Why would I need a root canal treatment?
When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected and swollen, a root canal may be necessary. The causes of infection include tooth decay, a fractured tooth, an injury, or a failed dental crown or filling.
How do I know if I need a root canal treatment?
Signs include:

  • Continuous pain
  • Extreme or prolonged sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • Discolouration of a tooth after trauma
  • Swollen face
  • Sensitive gums
How long does a root canal take?
The procedure typically takes 1-2 hours, depending on the details of the procedure you’re having, and the type of tooth involved. The treatment can often be completed in a single visit. At times, a second appointment may be required.
Why would I need a dental crown after a root canal treatment?
After receiving a root canal treatment, the tooth is more likely to chip or break. To protect the tooth from further infection and to strengthen it structurally, a crown is usually placed on top of the treated root.

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