Endodontic treatment, often called root canal treatment, is a procedure that Dr Basil has been performing for 30 years.
He has been a member of the Australian Society of Endodontology (Qld) for over 20 years. Regularly attending their meetings into the latest developments and research in the area of root canal treatments.
Dr Basil has also completed his research Masters’ Degree in this field in 2007 from the University of Western Australia. Plus, he has co-developed new endodontic materials with Professor Laurie Walsh – CALMIX – which is a superior calcium hydroxide with a PH of 15 to better disinfect the root canal and prevent staining of teeth.
Root canal treatment should be performed by a highly experienced and qualified Dentist when your tooth has been damaged internally from deep decay, disease or infection. Dr Basil is committed to professional development and he continually advances his knowledge and skills to stay ahead of changes in the industry.
Benefits of Endodontic Treatment
In years gone by extracting a damaged tooth was the only option. But with today’s modern technology Dr Basil will make every attempt to restore your tooth to its original function.
Dr Basil will work to save and treat a damaged tooth that is internally diseased or injured. He believes that root canal therapy is the best way to save an infected tooth.
Saving the natural tooth is always our priority. Root canal treatment can help restore chewing functionality, normal biting force and sensation and helps to maintain the natural appearance of your smile.
Endodontic Treatment by Dr Basil
As this is a complex treatment it’s generally done over two appointments. Dr Basil will remove the damaged or infected pulp tissue within the tooth in one appointment.
Then after a period of 2 to 3 weeks the empty canal, in the roots of teeth, will be filled with a sealer followed by a filling to close the access cavity of the tooth.
Dr Basil will examine your teeth and may take an X-ray that will help see the root’s size and depth. The success rate for root canal therapy is usually good (approximately 90%) and most patients can expect a fully functioning tooth after the treatment, which should last a long time.
A root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic. Generally, a root-filled tooth will need a crown as they typically have a higher risk of fracture due to the tooth being weaker as a result of a considerable loss of tooth structure to allow access to the roots.
Symptoms of patients requiring Endodontic Treatment
- Pain and throbbing when chewing or biting food.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks.
- An abscess present around your gum.
- Discoloured or cracked teeth.
- Tenderness to touch
Don’t ignore the symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms of infection, it is vital that you see your dentist. If you ignore the pain, it may go away by itself. But that means the pulp of the tooth is dead and the nerves there can no longer send pain signals. The bacteria causing the infection will still be present and if left untreated, it can migrate to the jaw and gums and may lead to an abscess.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have concerns about your teeth, call us today on 07 3391 4366 to make an appointment before extraction becomes the only option.