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Root Canal Treatment

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A root canal (or endontic therapy) is required if decay of a tooth progresses to a level that causes your tooth’s nerve tissue to become affected. By having a root canal treatment, it allows you to keep teeth that would otherwise require extraction.

Once this decay occurs, it is vital that the tooth is treated before infection spreads.

Infection can cause other problems such as:

  • Severe and constant throbbing pain
  • Facial swelling
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Spread of infection through the body, making you feel quite unwell

The process

Root canal treatment involves removing the infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth. This tissue (pulp) contains nerves and blood vessels that help nourish the tooth.

During root canal treatment the following occurs:

  • The pulp is located and removed
  • The pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned, reshaped and sterilised
  • The root canals and pulp chamber are filled and sealed so that no bacteria can re-enter

Causes

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The most common causes of pulp damage are severe decay, or a fracture that exposes the pulp to bacteria. Other causes include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Cracked or loose fillings
  • Repeated fillings in a tooth
  • Periodontal (gum) disease

Essentially, once the pulp has been exposed to bacteria, it will eventually become infected. At that point it will most likely require a root canal.

Unfortunately, there will still be some teeth that are so badly damaged that they cannot be saved. In this case, the tooth will be removed, and alternative treatment options like dental bridging or implants may be necessary.

For more information about root canal, or to book a consultation, please don’t hesitate to call our surgery.

If you are experiencing acute pain from a suspected infection then please call us immediately on 07 5465 7995.