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Root Canal Treatment in Surrey Hills

Root Canal Treatment Surrey Hills
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Root Canal Treatment (RCT)

Root canal is a central space in a tooth where the dental pulp is. Think of a Root Canal as the “heart” of the tooth. The pulp is the tooth’s lifeline – its blood vessels, tissue fibres and nerves in the central hollow of the tooth keep it alive. Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that aims to save a badly damaged or infected tooth from being extracted.

Let’s start off with what root canal treatment is not. A root canal treatment does not “kill the nerve”, a common misconception. When the nerve chamber of the tooth is infected, the tooth usually responds from a range of constant dull pain, to terrible pain which wakes you up at night. At this point the nerve is dying and it cannot be reversed. In the olden days, there would be no other option except to extract the tooth.

However nowadays with modern technology, we try to save your tooth by removing the dead and infected nerve. A root canal treatment is a procedure that involves removing the dying and infected nerve of the tooth, cleaning the remaining cavity of any pus or bacteria, and sealing the cavity with specialised materials to reduce future infection.

Infection of a tooth is usually related to bacteria entering the root canal. Typically this happens due to:

Root canal treatments are often done in multiple stages to complete the treatment, depending on the complexity of your tooth.

  1. During your root canal appointment, you’ll be offered local anesthetic to numb the tooth to make the treatment more comfortable for you. The local anesthetic only numbs your tooth, and the surrounding tissues such as your lip, gums and cheek. It doesn’t affect your thinking or driving and it does not make you drowsy. Once your tooth is comfortable, we will remove decay,– any old or leaky fillings, the infected areas, pus and debris.
  2. The next step of the RCT is cleaning inside of the canals to remove bacteria and infection and filling the root canals – to prevent bacteria from re-infecting the empty root canals, a permanent seal is placed inside the tooth.
  3. Usually a tooth which requires a RCT would have had a large amount of tooth structure missing. It is important to reinforce the weak tooth with a crown. Refer to section on crowns.

After your treatment
When you arrange a root canal treatment with Graceful Dental, we will do everything to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery, including providing you with aftercare instructions. Your root canal treated tooth should begin to feel better after the first appointment. A completed root canal treated tooth should be comfortable and pain free to eat on. Call us today to help with your sore tooth on (03) 9830 0090.

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