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Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

End your tooth pain for good.

Root canal Melbourne

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a procedure that is used to save a tooth that has been infected or damaged by decay. The procedure involves removing the infected or damaged pulp (the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels) and replacing it with a filling. This helps to remove the source of the infection and prevent further damage to the tooth.

One of the main advantages of root canal treatment is that it can save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. This is important because losing a tooth can have a significant impact on your overall oral health. Losing a tooth can cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place, which can lead to bite problems and further tooth loss. It can also affect your ability to chew and speak properly.

Another advantage of root canal treatment is that it is a relatively simple and straightforward procedure. The treatment can usually be completed in one or two appointments, and most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure.

Root canal treatment is also a cost-effective option. It is often less expensive than having a tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant.

It's important to note that maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial for the longevity of a root canal treated tooth. This includes regular brushing and flossing, as well as visiting your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. With proper care, a root canal treated tooth can last a lifetime.

In addition, it's worth to mention that root canal treatment is not suitable for every patient. Your dentist will determine whether root canal treatment is the best option for you based on your individual case. Alternative options such as tooth extraction may be recommended for patients with severe damage or infection that cannot be treated with a root canal.

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What is a root canal? 

When holes or cracks progress, they can reach "the nerve". The nerve is located in the centre of a tooth and acts as the heart of the tooth, where the nerves and vessels exist. When this nerve becomes inflamed or infected, it can cause pain or irreversible damage that requires attention. "Root canal" is the process of cleaning and filling the nerve so that it no longer poses problems.

When is a root canal needed? 

We’ll recommend a root canal when signs or symptoms indicate that the nerve inside your teeth can heal only with this treatment. When no other treatment is effective, a root canal is the most proven way to alleviate your pain and/or address an infection within a tooth.

What symptoms could be expected before a root canal is required? 

  • Occasionally no symptoms at all

  • Throbbing or dull toothache 

  • Prolonged sensitivity to cold and heat

  • Tenderness or pain when chewing 

  • Tooth discolouration

  • Bad breath 

  • Bad taste in your mouth

What can be expected during a root canal appointment?

Generally 2 or 3 appointment are required to adequately complete a root canal to a high standard. The tooth will be numb before any procedure and therefore these appointments are usually pain free.  Our dentists use the latest root canal technology throughout this process which have been shown to achieve the best results.  

 

Reach out to the experts at Premier Dental Group to see if a root canal can help you.

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