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Root Canal Treatment

At Ringwood Dental we take every reasonable step to remain at the forefront of our profession.

Among other advanced techniques and instruments utilized by our group, surgical loupes with fibre optic illumination, and the surgical operating microscope have opened up entirely new vistas for the treatment of both non-surgical and surgical endodontics. Due to the enhanced illumination and high magnification optics, calcified canals can be optimally located. Additionally, retreatment of endodontic cases that have failed due to separated instruments, separated posts, and repair of perforations can now be managed with greater efficiency and success. These cases, in the past, could be managed only by surgical approaches that had a lower success rate.

In those cases in which surgical endodontics is the treatment of choice, the increased magnification and illumination provided allows for enhanced visualization of the surgical field. This, in turn, allows for more efficient surgical technique and greater ability to achieve success in surgical endodontics.

Root canal (endodontic) treatment is a treatment performed with the ultimate scope to retain a diseased tooth, that otherwise would require extraction.

Several reasons (trauma, stress, decay) can harm the nerve (pulp) of a tooth with final result an infection in the tooth and the bone surrounding the tooth (abscess).

The root canal treatment is completed by entering the root space and clearing out the infected tissues. A special filling is placed in the root canals and for most of the teeth a crown is required to create a good long lasting seal on top and to protect the tooth from breakage in the long term.

Endodontic treatment is generally very successful, with success rates reaching 95%. Some teeth that will not heal may require repetition of the procedure and use of special medicines in the root canals. The use of a rubber dam (a rubber sheet) that isolates the tooth is a must and makes the outcome more predictable and the procedure much safer.

Surprisingly and contrary to the general belief (‘that was like having a root canal’) the experience is pain free not only because profound anaesthesia is achieved prior to the start of the procedure but also because most of the time the nerve in the tooth is already dead.