Root Canal Treatment
Dr Karikios offers many services at CDK Dental without the need for a referral to another dental surgery – root canals included!
Root canal therapy allows us to save infected teeth and potentially avoid the need for a dental extraction. Patients often associate root canal treatment with pain; however, root canals typically provide relief from symptoms and allow the body to heal.
A root canal should feel no different than a regular filling, so there is no need to delay your appointment. Seeking treatment as quickly as possible is important because it affords us the opportunity to restore comfort and gives Dr Karikios a better chance of saving the tooth.
When a Root Canal Is Necessary
The body may develop an infection anywhere, including within the canals of the teeth. An infection can remain asymptomatic or may present with the following signs:
- Foul tasting discharge
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
It is possible to detect an infection when evaluating routine x-rays. It is always our goal to identify any dental problems before they become an emergency. Of course, if you are experiencing a dental emergency, we will treat your condition as quickly as possible.
In order to determine if you could benefit from root canal therapy, an examination will be necessary. We will also take an x-ray of the area to determine what is causing discomfort.
The Root Canal Procedure
We prioritise patient comfort for every procedure. We will not begin treatment until the anaesthetic takes effect and you feel completely comfortable. At CDK Dental, we use rotary endodontic instruments, which provide more comfortable and accurate treatment.
In order to complete a root canal, Dr Karikios will make a small access point in your tooth. He will then clean out the bacteria, tissue and debris before placing medication within the canal to promote healing. He will place a temporary filling to seal the tooth as healing completes.
It is natural to have some sensitivity for a few days following your treatment procedure, but you should gradually feel better each day as the swelling decreases.
Post-Root Canal Care
Once a tooth undergoes root canal treatment, it can become brittle and more likely to fracture. In most cases, protecting it with a dental crown will provide the greatest longevity, especially when the root canal is on a molar or bicuspid tooth. Each situation is different, and we will happily discuss your options with you so you can make an informed decision regarding your oral health.
We Welcome You to Contact Us
If you suspect you need root canal treatment or you are experiencing a toothache, contact our Sydney dental clinic to arrange an appointment. We prioritise patients who experience pain to help you smile comfortably again.