Have you noticed a severe, long lasting sensitivity to hot and cold? Are you experiencing a severe toothache? Have you seen an abscess (pimple) on your gum?

Any of these symptoms could be a sign that you may have an infected root canal. If left untreated, the condition will get worse to the point that you may lose the tooth. Root Canal Treatment is the ideal tooth-saving treatment that can save your tooth from dying and having to be removed.
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What Causes Infection in the Root Canal?

When the root canals of a tooth become infected it is usually as a result of tooth decay and build-up of bacteria into the living tissue inside the tooth called Pulp. Generally, this pulp infection is caused by a poor oral care routine that allows for bacteria to cause decay and consequently inflammation and infection of the pulp tissue.

Signs of Root Canal include:

  • Pain in the tooth, that is either frequent or spontaneous
  • Tooth sensitivity when consuming hot or cold food and beverages which lasts long
  • Pain in tooth or jaw when biting or chewing
  • Swollen gums around the infected tooth
  • Swelling around your face and jaw
  • Tooth feels loose
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Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy won’t revive the tooth, however it will ensure that the tooth can remain in your mouth without causing any further issues. Prior to the procedure, your dentist will take an x-ray to determine the severity of the infection. As with all dental procedures, a root canal treatment begins with a local anaesthetic to numb the area. From there, the dentist will open the top of the tooth and remove the damaged nerve from inside the tooth.

Once the nerve and blood tissue has been removed, the dentist will take the time to properly clean the inside of the tooth. The inside of the tooth and its roots must be completely free of all the bacteria that caused the inflammation and pain. Therefore, cleaning is the longest stage of the procedure. Once the tooth and its roots are fully cleaned, your dentist will dry the area before filling the roots with special, medicated dental material. A filling then is placed inside the tooth to help restore the shape and if needed a dental crown can be encased over the tooth for added strength and protection.

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Ideally, to help prevent your chances of developing a infected root canals, maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is a must. However, if you are experiencing pain, book an appointment with us on 03 7067 8586 and we’ll assess your tooth.
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