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Root canal treatment is the most effective way to relieve dental pain and save an infected tooth. Typically, people need this type of dental treatment when there is inflammation or infection that has generally started from tooth decay that extends deep inside the tooth’s inner layers affecting the “pulp” or nerve centre within the canals of the roots.

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In most cases, root canal treatment is very successful, especially because Dr Chris Lauf uses a dental microscope to enhance precision and accuracy. The clinical microscope allows our dentist to visually detect fine details with apochromatic technology and great depth of field, so you can be sure you are receiving high-quality care.

We understand that some people are fearful or uneasy with the thought of root canal procedures. The most common misconception is that root canal therapy, causes pain and/or illness and should be avoided at all costs. Ironically, the exact opposite is true. Root canal therapy does in fact ease the pain, associated inflammation affecting the rest of your body and also prolongs the life of the tooth.

The longer you postpone treatment after you notice a bad toothache, the less likely it is for the tooth to survive. The best way to deal with a toothache is to seek dental care quickly and do not postpone, it will not go away on its own or with home remedies.

Is root canal treatment painful? 
Decades ago that may have been the case, but with modern technology and anaesthetics you won’t experience any more discomfort than if you were to receive a regular filling. The pain from a severe toothache, often caused by damaged and infected tissues in the tooth, can be easily remedied by the dentist removing the damaged tissue with root canal treatment methods.

Is it better to pull a tooth than have root canal treatment?
Saving your natural teeth, if possible is always the best option. This type of dental treatment has a high success rate and many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime. Replacing an extracted tooth with a bridge, denture or implant requires further multiple procedures that will also incur costs. Electing not to replace a missing tooth can also have an impact on other healthy remaining teeth and the gums and we would encourage you to discuss the potential long term impacts with our dentist so you are aware of longer term implications to expect.

Are there risks involved in a root canal treatment?
Like any medical procedure, root canal treatments poses some risk and, on rare occasions, there may be complications. These complications may result in a tooth needing additional treatment, referral to a specialist or may result in the tooth needing to be removed. Generally, Dr Chris Lauf will be able to pre-empt most of these risks and will always inform you prior to starting the procedure so that you are fully aware and feel comfortable to proceed.


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