Root canal treatment is one of the most common dental procedures. It can be the most effective way to save and repair a damaged or infected tooth without the need for extraction.
Our dentists in Karratha have more than 60 years’ combined experience performing root canals to improve the dental health of people of all ages.
What is root canal treatment?
A root canal is a restorative dental procedure that involves removing damaged nerves and pulp inside a tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, then filling and sealing the tooth.
Following root canal treatment, the treated tooth will look and function like it did originally. A root canal also helps to prevent the spread of dental infections in the gums.
When is root canal treatment needed?
Your dentist will recommend a root canal when the interior of a tooth has been irreversibly damaged but the tooth itself can still be saved. The most common reasons for root canal treatment are:
Tooth decay and cavities
Trauma resulting from injuries
Periodontal (gum) disease
A damaged filling or crown
Your dentist will explain what root canal treatment involves during your consultation. We will also examine the area using x-rays to plan the most effective treatment.
Root canals are performed using local anaesthesia to numb the area of the mouth being treated and alleviate pain. The tooth is opened and the damaged pulp and nerves are carefully removed, then the tooth is filled and sealed.
If the enamel is also damaged, a dental crown may be fitted to restore the tooth’s shape and strength. Depending on the severity of the damage or infection, root canal treatment may be completed in a single day or it may require a second visit. A temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth until your next appointment.
With proper oral care, a tooth treated with a root canal can last a lifetime.
Am I suitable for root canal treatment?
Root canal treatments are suitable for people of all ages who have their permanent teeth. Repairing a tooth with root canal surgery is always preferable to losing the tooth, but if your tooth is too badly damaged, extraction may be the only option.
To find out more about what’s involved in root canal treatment, make an appointment at our dental clinic in Karratha and speak to our friendly team.