Root canal treatment is the procedure followed to retain and preserve a tooth that has deep decay, cracks on teeth, broken filling, fracture or an infection that extends deep into the tooth. In most cases the infection enters the tooth pulp harbouring bacteria and when left untreated the tooth can result being very painful especially while biting or chewing. The infected tooth could also lead to an abscess accompanied with facial swelling. The Dental Retreat in Macleod provides Root canal treatment to the residents of Bundoora, Macleod and its surrounding suburbs.
Once our dentist examines the tooth that is the cause of ongoing toothache leading to existing painful tooth, which could be due to deep decay and accompanied gum swelling. We take an x-ray to determine the extent of infection and its spread to the surrounding bone and tissues.
After the initial assessment of the tooth and if the remaining tooth is considered suitable for a root canal treatment, the decay is removed mechanically and accompanied with irrigant solutions to clean and disinfect the canals followed by placement of filling materials to seal the canals. This is usually performed over two to three visits. In most root canal treated teeth, a dental crown is recommended to cover and protect the tooth surface as it becomes more susceptible to fracture from the load of biting or chewing.
At The Dental Retreat we check for signs or symptoms that indicate a need for Root canal treatment during your regular check-up visits. There are cases where teeth with deep fillings may need a root canal treatment but display no symptoms, our digital x-rays help us to diagnose them.
The usual recommendation is to start a root canal treatment at the earliest when signs and symptoms related such as toothache, painful gums, abscess draining along the gums, deep caries or decay extending to the pulp is detected. If the infection is left untreated, removal or extraction of the tooth will be the only choice and could also result in significant loss of bone and surrounding tissues.