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How Dental Teams Perform Root Canals

It is standard procedure for dentist Wagga Wagga to have a great deal of experience in providing root canal treatment. This mainstay of endodontics is one of the ways by which they save teeth which in past decades would have had to have been extracted.

It’s a bit of a common trend among dental teams, but they have a habit of valuing teeth and feel that any procedure that permits them to be retained has got to be a good thing. Dental abscesses are one of the most unpleasant dental ailments that many people will at one point in their lives experience. They are caused by foreign particles, often food entering between the root and the gum finding their way to the tip of the root where they fester and decay. 

There can be many reasons for this, some like gum recession literally end up creating a gap between the route and the gum, but also sudden trauma can crack a tooth linearly down. This route provides an access way for an infection to begin. 

However the abscess came to be, the challenges are the same; there is a pocket of contained yet pressurized infection beneath a tooth often buried in the jawbone. It’s going to be a real challenge as draining an abscess from within the bone is always difficult because of the hardness of the tissue. Also the low blood flow in bone tissue makes antibiotics far less effective than if the same abscess was in well perfused tissue. 

This is where the root canal comes in. It is a method of resolving an abscess without extracting the tooth; instead the abscess is drained and cleaned from within the tooth. A dental professional will start by drilling an access hole at the top of the affected tooth and from this access hole, they can scrape out much of the pulp from within the tooth exposing the canal beneath. In an untreated tooth, this access hole is extremely small – it can be less than 5 microns, the width of a human hair. They then have to widen this canal so that they can clean it but also so they can practically feel inside the tooth. This is done through gently grinding away at the inside of the canal using a set of extremely fine rasp. 

Once the canal is widened, the team can get access to the tip of the tooth where the abscess will be located and drain it. After draining the space where the abscess occupied is thoroughly cleaned using an antiseptic wash as it is the inside of the root canal. This is when they begin a root filling treatment- a filling tool is placed down inside the tooth right the way to its tip then the filling will begin, starting under the tooth and extending up the entire length of the tooth to the access hole that was drilled at the beginning of the procedure. This is extremely long winded, but helps the tooth maintain its structural strength and makes root treated teeth almost as long-lived as an untreated tooth. 

If you or any of your family are experiencing a dental abscess, please do not hesitate to get in contact with an emergency dental team. Dental abscesses are considered medical emergencies and if left can result in sepsis which can be life-threatening. If you have been experiencing a dental abscess for more than 2-days which is continuing to spread and have any skin mottling please attend A&E as these are the first symptoms of sepsis. 

DISCLAIMER 

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.