A root canal treatment is performed to repair and save a tooth that has become rotten or infected.
During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed from inside the tooth. The hollow tooth is then cleaned, filled, and sealed.
A root canal treatment is necessary when the tooth’s pulp and nerve is rotten or infected. Some of the causes of infection include severe decay, fractured tooth, an injury from an accident, or a failed dental crown or filling.
Infection in the root canal of the tooth can cause:
Continuous pain, extreme or prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold exposure, discolouration of a tooth after trauma, swollen face, and sensitive gums which are painful when chewing are just some of the signs that may indicate a need for a root canal treatment.
The first step is to undergo an X-ray to assess the status of the root canals and find out if there are any signs of infections around the root.
If treatment is needed, your dentist will administer local anaesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. Anaesthesia may not be required since the nerve is dead, but most dentists still anaesthetise the area to keep the patient calm and relaxed.
A hole is drilled in your tooth. This helps remove the rotten pulp, nerve tissues and surrounding debris from your tooth. Water is used to flush out remaining debris.
After cleaning, your tooth will be sealed. Some dentists wait a week before sealing but others don’t. You can choose to have your tooth sealed on the same day you receive a root canal treatment.
The last step is the restoration of the tooth. A crown, crown and post, or other restoration needs to be placed on the tooth for protection, prevention from breaking, and rehabilitation.
Your Preston dentist will discuss the need for any additional dental work with you.
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Root canal treatments received at Preston Supreme Dental are guaranteed safe and effective. Your treatment plan is carefully tailored only for you!
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Call (03) 9478 7708 or visit us at 243 Murray Road in Preston.
All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for NIB, CBHS, HCF and Smile
We are located across Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)