The team at Portmore are passionate about cosmetic and implant dentistry, but we also understand the need for routine maintenance and general dentistry.
Eben has a particular interest in Endodontics (root canal therapy). The words ‘root canal’ is feared by many, even though the treatment itself is not all that painful or time consuming. The reason that a person might need a root canal is when the root of the tooth becomes infected and has to be removed. A root canal is actually a very valuable treatment because if the tooth cannot be treated by root canal, it will have to be removed and replaced with an implant. It is always more advisable and more efficient to keep a natural tooth rather than having a replacement put in. This is also why we try to save as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, even if it may have been practically damaged.
It is vital that teeth are kept clean to maintain good oral health and prevent complications. Apart from regular hygiene practices at home, patients should also visit their dentist for routine checkups in order to prevent problems before they become worse and lead to situations that may require treatments like root
Aside from regular brushing and flossing at home, at Portmore Dental we can offer you several treatments that not only keep your teeth clean, but also free from disease and further complications. These include teeth cleanings and treatments for dental problems and oral cancer checks.
Here at Portmore, our dedicated team are happy to show patients how they can improve their oral health. We provide microscopes where patients can see the amount of bacteria in their mouths, so that they know what they need to work on, and realize how important it is to get rid of those bacteria. Seeing these images firsthand gives patients a better idea of what is actually going on in their mouths and makes them more concerned about their own oral health. We also have visual cameras where patients can see pictures of the work that is being done on them, and provide pictures of the teeth that are being treated, both before and after.
In addition, Portmore also has a special machine in the form of Diaganet, which captures lesions before they become big problems. This type of preventative care will ensure that your problems are caught early and can be dealt with before they turn into more serious issues that might not be able to be treated easily.
Root Canal Treatment
When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
The crown of the tooth is made up of the hard, white, enamel layer and a thicker dentine layer. Both these hard layers protect the innermost soft tissues of the tooth called the pulp. The dental pulp contains blood vessels and nerves within and extends from the crown to the tips of the root or roots.
Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed. The pulp can be infected or inflamed due to either deep decay or an extensive restoration that involves the pulp, cracked or fractured tooth due to trauma, excessive wear of enamel and dentine exposing the pulp, and sometimes as a result of severe gum disease.
Signs of pulp damage may include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth, swelling, tenderness of the overlying gums or a bad taste in the mouth. On the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can eventually cause pain, swelling and loss of the supporting bone.
What Are The Advantages Of Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have been extracted.
After root canal treatment the tooth is pulp-less i.e. it has no vital tissues within. However, there are vital tissues surrounding the root e.g. the gum, periodontal membrane and supporting bone. A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?
Root canal treatment procedures are relatively comfortable and often painless as the tooth is anaesthetised during treatment. After treatment, the tooth may be sensitive or tender for a few days due to inflammation of the surrounding tissues. This discomfort can be relieved by taking mild analgesics or painkillers available over the counter at the pharmacy. However, if the pain persists and is severe, or a swelling occurs, you should contact your dentist.