PRACTICE LOCATION

 

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
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OPENING HOURS

 

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

  CONTACT

 

info@rivercitydental.com.au
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(07) 3667 9595
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Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

info@rivercitydental.com.au
Email us

(07) 3667 9595
Call us

Practice Location

Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068
Get directions

Opening hours

Monday 9am to 7pm
Tuesday 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 5pm
Friday 8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

Root Canal Treatment Indooroopilly

What is a Root Canal Treatment?

 

A root canal treatment, sometimes also referred to as an endodontic treatment, is a treatment where we repair the damaged insides of your tooth. It is done by carefully drilling a hole into the tooth you’re experiencing pain with, and removing the soft centre inside. This soft centre, known as dental pulp, is made up of nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. The dental pulp extends from the centre of your tooth all the way up into the roots of your tooth, hence the treatment name: root canal!

Your dentist will then remove the dental pulp, fill up the space, and seal your tooth. If the surface of your tooth (sometimes referred to as the crown) also needs some attention, your dentist may need to replace your crown as well.

It is not the most complicated dental procedure, however it also isn’t the simplest, hence why both dentists and endodontists provide it.

 

What are the signs you might need a root canal treatment?

There are many signs that may indicate you need a root canal treatment. Some of them are minor, and some of them occur once the minor signs have been ignored for too long. When it comes to your teeth, playing it safe and coming in to see Dr John Bacalakis as soon as you feel pain is much better than waiting until the problem gets worse… and more painful, and expensive!

The signs you may need a root canal treatment include:

  • Experiencing a moderate to severe toothache when biting or chewing,
  • Experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold that lasts after the hot or the cold has been removed from around/inside your mouth,
  • A moderate to severe darkening of the tooth,
  • Experiencing swollen and/or tender gums.
  • Finding some pus around the infected tooth,
  • Some swelling of your face and/or neck, and finally,
  • Finding yourself with a loose tooth.

If you are experiencing any discomfort or pain around your teeth then it is best to get in touch with our team as soon as possible to see how we can help you. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including root canal treatments and endodontic procedures!

 

root-canal-treatment

What are the signs you might need a root canal treatment?

There are many signs that may indicate you need a root canal treatment. Some of them are minor, and some of them occur once the minor signs have been ignored for too long. When it comes to your teeth, playing it safe and coming in to see Dr John Bacalakis as soon as you feel pain is much better than waiting until the problem gets worse… and more painful, and expensive!

The signs you may need a root canal treatment include:

  • Experiencing a moderate to severe toothache when biting or chewing,
  • Experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold that lasts after the hot or the cold has been removed from around/inside your mouth,
  • A moderate to severe darkening of the tooth,
  • Experiencing swollen and/or tender gums.
  • Finding some pus around the infected tooth,
  • Some swelling of your face and/or neck, and finally,
  • Finding yourself with a loose tooth.

If you are experiencing any discomfort or pain around your teeth then it is best to get in touch with our team as soon as possible to see how we can help you. We offer a comprehensive range of services, including root canal treatments and endodontic procedures!

 

When is a root canal treatment needed?

You may require a root canal treatment to save a badly damaged, or infected tooth. This may be triggered by a number of reasons, such as your tooth sustaining decay damage, or becoming infected, cracked fillings, gum disease, or general wear and tear. This leads to damaged dental pulp, and this causes infections. Not only is this incredibly painful, if left untreated this can also lead to the loss of your tooth.

It is incredibly important to seek out your friendly local dentist, such as Dr John Bacalakis of the River City Dental Practise, as soon as you start feeling pain, so that if you do require a root canal treatment, it can be performed as soon as possible. The sooner you come in, the sooner Dr John can perform the required treatment and help to save your tooth! Truly, a root canal treatment can often be the best way to save a damaged or decaying tooth.

 

Some frequently asked questions about root canal treatment:

What is involved in the root canal treatment process?
The dentist will isolate the tooth needing treatment by using rubber dam to cover the other teeth, and will then drill through the top of the affected tooth to reach the nerve and root canals.. The decayed pulp in the tooth will be removed and the canals are cleaned with an antibacterial, antiseptic liquid. The root canals are shaped with a file before a filling material is placed inside the canals and the canals are sealed. The dentist will then seal the tooth that was drilled with filling material.
Will I need to have a crown after root canal treatment?

Because root canal treatments are generally needed in teeth that have had large fillings the remaining tooth can be structurally compromised and at increased risk of breakage.  This is generally where the tooth may benefit from protection of a crown to help reduce the risk of tooth breakage. If a crown is recommended, this treatment will be done subsequent to the root canal treatment. Usually the tooth will be reviewed a number of weeks after the root canal to ensure that there is no sensititivity or discomfort remaining on the treated tooth and then the crown procedure will be undertaken.  There are some instances when a crown may not be considered necessary, but in most cases it is recommended.

Is the process painful?

While the root canal process can be a longer appointment, it will be done using local anesthetic, so there will be no pain felt throughout the procedure. Having a crown fitted is also done with local anesthetic. There may be some sensitivity or mild soreness after both a root canal and a crown fitting, but it should be minor – anything more severe is not considered normal and you should contact us at River City Dental to discuss.

How long will a crown last?

This will depend on the individual patient, but generally crowns may last up to 15 years or more. The position in the mouth will affect this, as well as how good the patient’s oral hygiene and teeth care routine is. Visiting River City Dental regularly for checkups will help identify early signs of excess wear or damage to a crown. At River City Dental we use the very best quality materials, so if you look after the crown it should last for many years.

Are there alternatives to root canal treatment?

Because of the degree of damage present in a tooth requiring root canal treatment, the only other alternative is to have the tooth extracted. If the Tooth  is removed and you wish to replace it, a dental implant could be an option. Extracting a tooth and not replacing it, even at the back of the mouth where it doesn’t show, can lead to ongoing problems with the other teeth moving out of alignment and causing problems with eating and changes to facial structure. Of course, if you want to avoid having to have root canal treatment in the first place – commit to seeing us at River City Dental for regular checkups!

River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

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Dental Warnings:
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding with this treatment option, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. River City Dental only provides care suitable to the individual patient, as no one dental treatment is suitable for each and every patient. Informed consent must be given by the patient after suitability for the dental treatment has been confirmed at extensive examination and consultation appointments. All photographs shown on this website are actual patients treated by Dr John Bacalakis and are for general purposes only. Individual patient results will vary.

River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

(07) 3667 9595

info@rivercitydental.com.au

Practice Location
River City Dental Indooroopilly
Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068

Opening Hours
Monday9am to 7pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday8am to 5pm
Thursday8am to 5pm
Friday8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays

River City Dental Dentist Brisbane Dr John Bacalakis

(07) 3667 9595

info@rivercitydental.com.au

Practice Location
River City Dental Indooroopilly
Level 2
36 Station Road
Indooroopilly QLD 4068

Opening Hours
Monday9am to 7pm
Tuesday9am to 5pm
Wednesday8am to 5pm
Thursday8am to 5pm
Friday8am to 4pm
Closed Weekends and Public Holidays