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Root Canal Treatment

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If the decay of a tooth escalates to a level in which your tooth's nerve tissue becomes affected, a root canal (or endontic therapy) is required. Root canal treatment will allow you to save a tooth that would otherwise require extraction. 

Decay if left untreated can spread infection to surrounding areas, causing 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

The root canal treatment process removes infected or damaged tissue from the inside of a tooth. This tissue (or pulp) consists of nerves and blood vessels which are used to nourish the tooth. During this process, 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

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

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

When pulp has been exposed to bacteria, it will eventually cause infection. Once this infection is present, the tooth will generally require a root canal. In some cases a tooth can be so infected that this procedure will be ineffective, and therefore other means of treatment are required (such as dental bridging or implants). 

For more information about root canal, or to book a consulation, 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 5427 0880.