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Root Canal Therapy at Melton

When decay goes too deep, or a cavity overlooked for too long, a root canal treatment may be needed. Sadly, this essential dental procedure instils fear in many patients, but it doesn’t have to. A root canal treatment is thought to be painful. However, it is actually a pain-relieving treatment. And if you need a root canal treatment, our dentists at Melton Dental House will ensure your visit is as low stress and comfortable as possible.
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What is Root Canal Treatment?

 
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to clean a root canal of infection, which helps stop the spread of infection while relieving the patient of pain. But what is a root canal?

Teeth have the part above the gumline that you can see, known as the crown, and the part under the gumline that you cannot see is called the root. Inside the root lies a canal where the pulp and nerve reside. Sometimes the infection can seep in through holes in the teeth or around old cavities. When this happens, bacteria can affect the nerve and pulp, leading to a painful infection.

Root canal treatment is a gentle process where the dentist first creates an opening in the tooth for access to the root, then cleans the root with a gentle process that removes infected parts. Then the root canal is cleaned and filled to protect it from further infection. The opening in the tooth is then filled or we can protect it with a dental crown. A root canal treatment can often be performed in one office visit and patients often experience little to no discomfort.

What is Root Canal Treatment?

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Root canal treatment is a dental procedure used to clean a root canal of infection, which helps stop the spread of infection while relieving the patient of pain. But what is a root canal?

Teeth have the part above the gumline that you can see, known as the crown, and the part under the gumline that you cannot see is called the root. Inside the root lies a canal where the pulp and nerve reside. Sometimes the infection can seep in through holes in the teeth or around old cavities. When this happens, bacteria can affect the nerve and pulp, leading to a painful infection.

Root canal treatment is a gentle process where the dentist first creates an opening in the tooth for access to the root, then cleans the root with a gentle process that removes infected parts. Then the root canal is cleaned and filled to protect it from further infection. The opening in the tooth is then filled or we can protect it with a dental crown. A root canal treatment can often be performed in one office visit and patients often experience little to no discomfort.

How Did I Get Here?

 
There are a few reasons why a root canal may become infected. Often it can be traced to a cavity that has not been treated. This is usually due to a cavity that the patient didn’t know existed, as there was no pain and the hole was very small or in a hidden place. This is one reason why regular dental visits are so important; regular checkups can reveal hidden cavities and decay.

Sometimes an infection can reach the root canal due to an old dental filling that no longer seals the hole of the tooth. Other risks for an infected root canal include old cavities that have grown larger, chipped or cracked teeth or trauma to the mouth. In any case, our staff at Melton Dental House will treat you with compassion to ensure you are as comfortable as possible if you need a root canal treatment.

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Ella Jane W.

Thank you so much for a pleasant experience and for being so friendly and professional in looking after me for my appointment. I would definitely recommend this practice for your next dental appointment.

Ella Jane W.

Signs You Might Need a Root Canal Treatment

 
Many times, tooth pain from an unknown source is an indication of a root canal infection. However, there are more signs than this, including:

Jaw pain that may extend to the ear
An extreme jaw or a tooth pain that is not relieved with over-the-counter medications
Swollen or tender gums
Abscess at the base of a tooth
Ongoing temperature sensitivity in the same area of the mouth
Darkening of gums, especially near a tooth with a cavity or decay
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Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

 
The root canal is a very sensitive area, due to the collection of nerves and blood vessels. When it becomes infected, the tooth and surrounding area may become very sensitive or painful. If the infection goes untreated, it can spread deeper into the jaw and even into the bloodstream. An infection in the root canal cannot resolve itself due to the anatomy of the tooth and tooth root.

Root canal treatment is also called endodontic therapy and is the best treatment to eliminate the infection and the pain that goes with it. Healing a root canal with endodontic therapy will bring relief from pain and stop the spread of infection. If caught early enough, the tooth can be sealed to protect the root and tooth from further damage.

If the infection in the root canal has spread too far and the tooth is very damaged, a dental crown can be created to cover and protect the tooth so you keep the full function of your teeth. And if a tooth has to be removed, an implant can replace both the tooth and root as a permanent dental solution.

Benefits of Root Canal Treatment

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The root canal is a very sensitive area, due to the collection of nerves and blood vessels. When it becomes infected, the tooth and surrounding area may become very sensitive or painful. If the infection goes untreated, it can spread deeper into the jaw and even into the bloodstream. An infection in the root canal cannot resolve itself due to the anatomy of the tooth and tooth root.

Root canal treatment is also called endodontic therapy and is the best treatment to eliminate the infection and the pain that goes with it. Healing a root canal with endodontic therapy will bring relief from pain and stop the spread of infection. If caught early enough, the tooth can be sealed to protect the root and tooth from further damage.

If the infection in the root canal has spread too far and the tooth is very damaged, a dental crown can be created to cover and protect the tooth so you keep the full function of your teeth. And if a tooth has to be removed, an implant can replace both the tooth and root as a permanent dental solution.

The Root Canal Treatment – How it’s Done

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Knowing what to expect during a root canal treatment can help ease some stress that patients may feel before this procedure. Keep in mind that patients are often surprised at how comfortable the procedure is, and if you have concerns, let us know because we’re happy to accommodate. The following is what you can expect if you need a root canal treatment.
You will first receive a full dental exam with x-rays, and an evaluation for treatment
X-rays help the dentist determine the extent of infection and the shape of your root canal, which helps make the treatment more efficient
You will receive local anesthesia to minimise any discomfort
Your tooth will be prepared and the root canal gently flushed and cleaned
If the infection is extensive, medication may be applied and we will schedule another visit to allow time for the medication to work
The root will be filled with a special material to protect the root from further damage
The tooth will either be filled, or a dental crown may be placed if the tooth has undergone extensive decay and damage from the infection
There may be some sensitivity after the root canal treatment, which is normal
Your dentist may recommend an over-the-counter medication like Ibuprofen to reduce normal swelling

Cost of a Root Canal Treatment

 
While a typical root canal treatment may cost from $1,000 to $2,000, medical insurance often covers at least part of the cost. But if you still need help, we are here for you. Don’t wait for treatment, if it is determined you need root canal therapy, we can work with you to create a payment plan you are comfortable with.

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While we agree that you can’t put a price on good health (especially when it comes to your teeth), we understand the reality of family budgets. That’s why we offer flexible treatment options and family-affordable pricing. You might say the only thing average about Dental House is our prices.

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Jayde Lambert

Sunbury Dental staff are all amazing treating both myself as a nervous adult at the dentist and my 3 kids also. They make sure they kids are aware of what is about to happen, noises they will hear , what they may feel. We highly recommend them. And they also go above and beyond in emergency appointments. We now are a regular visitor to Sunbury Dental. Keep up the good work guys and girls.

Jayde L.

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If you have a toothache or jaw pain, don’t delay and call today. We will do a full evaluation of and dental examination to find the cause, and if you need root canal treatment, we will ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible.

Disclaimer: The material posted is for informational purposes only and is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Results vary with each patient. Any dental procedure carries risks and benefits. If you have any specific questions about any dental and/or medical matter, you should consult your dentist, physician or other professional healthcare providers.

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