Rescue Your Tooth With Root Canal Therapy

TEETH ARE ALIVE, just like every other part of the body. That means they are susceptible to infection. Whenever an infection becomes severe enough, the tainted part has to go or else all the surrounding tissue will be compromised as well and the patient’s life will be at risk! That’s where a root canal comes in.

What Is A Root Canal?

Root canals are a way of getting rid of the infection in a tooth without getting rid of the actual tooth. A root canal won’t save your tooth—by the time you need one, it’s too late for that, but it will allow you to keep it.

A dentist or endodontist will drill into the tooth to reach the infected pulp at its core. Next, the pulp is removed, leaving the tooth hollow. After the space is flushed out, the root is filled with sealer and the crown with cement, and the whole tooth is capped off with an artificial crown. This procedure ensures that no more bacteria can get inside the tooth and minimizes the chances of the tooth breaking.

When Do You Need One?

The way teeth become infected is through decay, cavities, or cracks from an injury, which means it’s usually an avoidable problem. If you’re brushing and flossing properly, your teeth are unlikely to reach a level of decay that allows bacteria to reach the living dental pulp inside them. However, some people are genetically more susceptible to tooth decay.

Infection can lead to an abscess at the tooth’s root or death of the pulp. If you have tooth decay extensive enough to require a root canal, you’ll probably be experiencing significant pain in and around the infected tooth. With an abscess, there will also be swelling and inflammation. Tooth pain alone isn’t always a sign of an infection, but it’s always worth checking out to make sure.

Other symptoms of tooth infection include:

  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to pressure (particularly when chewing)
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes under jaw
  • Rush of foul-tasting fluid and pain relief if abscess drains

Before You Get A Root Canal…

Our Sunshine Coast root canal dentists (also known as endodontics) can help you save teeth that have been badly damaged by deep decay, cracks, large fillings, excessive wear or a blow to the mouth. If you need a root canal in Sippy Downs, Buderim or the surrounding areas, we can provide a gentle yet professional solution for you.

The process of a root canal involves cleaning and sealing the internal structure of the tooth. This is to prevent or cure an abscess, and usually requires two or three visits to complete. Through the skill and care of our dentists, and thanks to our investment in advanced nickel-titanium rotary instruments, root canal treatment at Diamond Dental Care & Implant Centre has little or no discomfort involved and enjoys a very high success rate.

Keep Those Teeth Healthy!

Remember that preventing the problem is always better than needing a solution! Healthy teeth don’t need root canals, so keep brushing twice a day and flossing daily and cut back on sugary drinks so that your teeth will stay healthy!

At our Sunshine Coast Dental Practice, we strongly recommend that a dental crown is fitted following root canal treatments. This will not only strengthen and secure your tooth for years to come but is also less expensive than extracting a badly damaged tooth and replacing with an implant.

Please contact our friendly team on (07) 5477 0889 for further information or advice about root canal treatments on The Sunshine Coast.

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