Your teeth have a number of layers; deep inside each tooth lays dental pulp, a soft tissue that runs through the root of your tooth. It is comprised primarily of blood vessels and nerves.
Your dental pulp may become damaged due to any number of reasons: deep decay (which allows bacteria to seep into your tooth pulp), traumatic blows or injuries to your teeth, old fillings which have become loose, excessive wear and tear on your teeth, cracked teeth and even gum disease. All of these dental health issues can cause infection in your tooth pulp, which, if left untreated, will then spread from the root of your tooth into the nearby jaw bone, resulting in pain and swelling.
If this happens, you then have two options:
- Extraction of your damaged infected tooth, in which case you may then require dental implants to close the gap left by your extracted tooth.
- Root canal treatment to save your tooth.
With modern materials and techniques, root canal treatment is now quite painless and can usually be completed in just one visit.
But, if the thought of a root canal is more than you can bear, Dr Olstein is an expert in sleep dentistry techniques. One of the most advanced forms of dental sedation available, sleep dentistry uses a combination of sedative and pain-relieving drugs to create a deep state of sedation throughout your entire root canal treatment. You will awake refresh from a deep sleep, with no memory of the sights, sounds and smells of your root canal.
What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?
While the treatment for each patient will vary depending on their exact needs, root canal therapy will usually involve the following steps:
- A thorough examination of your infected tooth, including x-rays of the area to help determine the exact location and extent of the damage.
- A local anaesthetic will be administered to numb your infected tooth, and the surrounding area, to make the process as painless as possible.
- Dr Olstein will place a dental dam on your tooth. This is a thin rubber sheet that isolates your infected tooth from your other teeth—the tooth that Dr Olstein is working on sticks through a small hole in the dam. The dam ensures that your root canal is performed in a completely sterile environment.
- A small hole is made in the affected tooth so that Dr Olstein can access the infection inside.
- Dr Olstein removes all the infected pulp from inside your tooth. Don’t worry; this does usually not hurt. After all, you are numb from the anaesthetic and the pulp is already dead or dying.
- Your root canals will then be cleaned to remove any residual debris and disinfected using an antibacterial solution
- Dr Olstein will use a special material called gutta-percha to fill your root canals, sealing them so that they cannot become infected again.
- A temporary filling will be inserted into the hole that Dr Olstein made originally, while the tooth settles.
- Once Dr Olstein is satisfied that your tooth is stable, a permanent filling will be inserted. You may also need a crown affixed to your tooth to ensure its strength long-term.
Why Visit Dr Olstein for Root Canal Therapy?
- We make you as comfortable as possible: if you suffer from dental phobia, anxiety or just dislike visiting the dentist, root canal treatment can be one of the scariest sounding procedures out there. Dr Olstein understands just how scary and stressful a root canal can be. That’s why he will do everything possible to make sure you’re completely comfortable. And, if you’re not, he will discuss sleep dentistry treatment with you instead.
- We have wide-ranging experience: Dr Olstein has more than 30 years of experience. He has performed countless, highly successful root canal treatments throughout the course of his career. He knows exactly what steps to take to save your damaged tooth while ensuring your complete comfort.
- We design custom treatment plans: when it comes to your treatment, we will start with a thorough examination to determine exactly what type of treatment you need. Dr Olstein will never recommend expensive, unnecessary procedures, and will always discuss your treatment with you in detail before commencing.
- We pride ourselves on our friendly approach: above all, Dr Olstein is caring, friendly, and approachable. As a family man himself, Dr Olstein works hard to maintain a practice that is warm, relaxed and comfortable for patients of all ages.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
How to Book a Root Canal Appointment
If you’re suffering from a toothache, cracked teeth, or loose fillings, and suspect that you might be in need of root canals, booking an appointment with Dr Olstein couldn’t be easier. You can call our friendly team on 03 9510 1644, or complete our quick and easy online booking form. Don’t suffer in silence any longer; visit us today.