Walking you through stages of the root canal treatment, …
After your dentist puts a referral through the Mediref referral for specialists’ network, our lovely receptionist will give you a call, to book you in with me, your Endodontist.
Sometimes, you might be asked to call our practice to make the appointment yourself, then your dentist will send us the referral when you have been booked with us. In both cases, you will be informed by a text message or an email to fill a form regarding your medical and medication history by clicking on a link, which will appear in your text message or email from us. Please take your time to fill the form carefully and submit it to our system. Thus, we will have some additional information about you before seeing you in the surgery. This information will help us plan the session with you in case that your specialist root canal treatment needs a tailored method for you. For example, you might have mentioned that you are suffering from back pain or neck pain, which need additional comfortable pillow for your neck or back or even making the sessions shorter to make you feel more comfortable when you leave the chair. You might have also told us that you are visiting our beautiful Perth for a short time, in which you need to do as much as we can offer. Hence, you might need a longer appointment to combine two stages of the root canal treatment for you.
Below is the step-by-step description of what your root canal treatment consists of.
Stage 1: Consultation (with or without treatment)
The main goal of the consultation stage is reviewing the information that your dentist sent to us, taking a comprehensive history of your pain or problem, updating your chief complaint, making a diagnosis based on comprehensive exam which will include taking x-ray/s with or without taking some photos from your tooth/teeth with operating microscope. Then, treatment options will be given to you and we either set another appointment for the actual root canal treatment or doing the fist phase of it immediately after the consultation. In some cases, another additional diagnostic measure might be recommended, which might be taking another special three-dimensional x-ray called a CBCT. CBCT stands for Cone-Beam Computed Tomography, which is a non-invasive way of looking inside your infected tooth in order to get more information about other hidden reasons why your initial root canal treatment has not worked, where the source of infection might originate from, whether there is another disease happening inside your jaw which might need an alternative dental treatment. In these cases, you will be referred to a radiography centre in order to take the x-ray and send the result back to your endodontist. When your endodontist is ordering this kind of x-ray, the Medicare will cover part of your cost.
Stage 2: Investigation
The main aim of this phase of root canal treatment is to investigate whether the infected tooth can be saved through root canal treatment or not. In order to do the investigation of the tooth, your endodontist will remove the current filling/s, existing decay and cracks beneath them and make a clinical judgment to evaluate if the tooth has enough sound tooth structure in order to serve in your mouth in the long run. This decision is very critical as all other treatments that a tooth will undergo, and their eventual outcome will depend on it. Therefore, it is very important to invest time and energy on this stage as it will prevent wasting time, money and energy and will improve the success of the overall treatment.
Stages 3-5: Root canal preparation, changing the medications and root canal filling
These other stages are technical and biological parts of your root canal treatment. Through them, the inner environment of your root canal/s will be cleaned and enlarged in order to be filled later. All these stages will be completed according to the evidence-based knowledge and current approved concepts in root canal treatment in Australia. During these sessions, some x-rays and photos will be taken, which will be kept in your file in our computer as part of a legal document.
After finishing all the above-mentioned stages, a copy of the final report will be sent to your dentist. You may also request a copy for your own record.