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Root Canal Treatment in Burwood

Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is a dental procedure that removes the damaged or infected nerve inside a tooth. Often this damaged nerve, also called the pulp, is caused by large cracks, untreated dental decay, decay beneath a filling, repeated large filling procedures, gum disease or teeth grinding. Abscesses are common.

Why Root Canals Are Necessary

Closeup of mouth checkIf infected pulp tissue is left untreated, a large infection will form that can spread to the jaw and cause further complications. In rare cases, it can develop into a life-threatening situation.

Patients with infected dental nerves can suffer from severe toothaches and often contact us for an emergency appointment.

The purpose of RCT is to remove the damaged pulp (nerve) to save the tooth. The most immediate benefit of RCT is pain relief. However, the long-term benefit of a root canal is the preservation of your natural tooth. A downside of root canal therapy is that it weakens the tooth structure. Fitting the tooth with a crown helps preserve normal function, as well as aesthetics.

A root canal cannot be offered if the tooth is loose or if too little tooth structure remains.

What to Expect

A root canal is typically completed within 3-4 visits. First, the dentist will make an opening in the top of the infected tooth. Then the infected pulp (nerve) and bacteria are flushed out with special disinfectant, and the root canals are cleaned with special instruments (often called dental files).

Finally, the pulp chamber and root canal are filled and sealed off to prevent reinfection. Afterward, the tooth opening is restored with a filling and eventually covered with a crown.

Are There Any Alternatives?

Preserving your tooth with a root canal is ideal, but it’s not always the only option available. You also have the choice of extracting the tooth or leaving it untreated. However, removing a tooth can lead to additional treatments to replace it,
such as bridges, implants or dentures. And leaving a tooth untreated leads to infection and pain. Often abscesses can become a life threatening situation if the infection spreads into the jaw.

We invite you to speak to our dental team, who can provide you with recommendations that suit your particular circumstances.

Emergency Root Canal Therapy

In pain because of an abscessed tooth? Contact Me Dental Care Burwood now to request a same-day emergency appointment.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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