Many of us dread the very thought of getting a root canal treatment. When we think about the procedure, we think about pain, lots of pain. Luckily, at Smith and Van Lierop, we use special techniques to make the procedure pain-free. Armed with a PDD in Endodontics, our Specialist Endodontist, Dr Sonja Britz, uses state-of-the-art technology. These include 3D scanning, and dental microscopes to treat even the smallest part of the complex root canal system.
So, the days of painful and complicated root canal treatments are finally over! In fact, our patients who have experienced root canal therapy actually describe the process as ‘painless’.
In this blog, we’ll take a look at the revolutionary root canal process that we use to help treat your dental infection and create long-term healthy teeth.
What is root canal treatment?
A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that cleans out the decay in your tooth’s root and pulp. Your teeth have an outer enamel, a second layer of dentin, and a soft inside core that extends into the root of your jawbone. The core contains dental pulp, which consists of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. When decay spreads to the soft core, the pulp may become infected or inflamed, or even dead. We use root canal treatment to clean out this decay and save the tooth.
Do I need root canal treatment?
The only way to know for sure if you need the treatment is by visiting your dentist. However, there are several warning signs to be on the lookout for.
Signs you may need root canal therapy include:
- Severe pain while chewing or biting
- Pimples on the gums
- A chipped or cracked tooth
- Persistent sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Swollen or tender gums
- Deep decay or darkening of the gums
- A tooth that feels loose
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, we recommend that you see a dentist as soon as possible.
Our revolutionary root canal process
Step 1: Diagnose
Using the latest tools, such as 3D radiographs, we diagnose the severity and cause of your infection. Next, we plan the best treatment plan based on our findings.
Step 2: Microscope
With the aid of a dental microscope, we assess the tooth’s root system and identify even the tiniest parts, ensuring optimal cleaning and restoration of the tooth.
Step 3: Clean
Using state-of-the-art rotary instruments and clinically proven protocol for disinfection, we make sure every part of the root is cleaned. We also use an anaesthetic to numb the area, so you won’t feel any pain at all.
Step 4: Seal
We ensure a full 3-dimensional seal of the entire root system; this leads to the long term stability of the tooth. We do this using heated gutta-percha- a special plastic material used to fill a tooth after the procedure.
Step 5: Restore
Making sure your new tooth lasts, we might use a ceramic crown to restore the tooth to maximum strength.
Since some people have a fear of the dentist, they will delay getting root canal treatment. However, as you can see from our treatment process, you have nothing to fear. The procedure is painless and will be over before you know it!
Since the introduction of microscopes in the ﬁeld of Endodontics, the diagnosis, treatment and quality of the procedure has improved immensely. So, we can ensure optimal treatment of a tooth’s root, reaching even the tiniest problematic areas.
If you have any of the alarming symptoms above, get in touch with a dentist sooner, rather than later to save your tooth.
To book an appointment for a root canal assessment, get in touch with us today.