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ROOT FILLINGS (Root Canal Treatment)

Deep tooth decay, or an injury, can cause serious damage and infection to the pulp’s nerves and vessels. If this is left untreated an abscess could spread to the bone outside of the tooth which may degenerate causing tooth loss.

Once the pulp in infected, the options for treatment are either: Root Canal Treatment or extraction.

Root Canal (endodontic treatment) cleans out the infected pulp chamber and repairs the damage so the tooth can be saved. Early indication that root canal treatment may be necessary include:

  • Increased sensitivity to hot and cool foods
  • Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone
  • Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting

Teeth are held in the jaws by their roots. Front teeth normally have one root, teeth further back have more. At the core of each tooth is a soft mass of tissue called the pulp. Tooth decay or injury can destroy the living pulp and make it more prone to infection. This can lead to an abscess and toothache.

Root fillings are carried out to remove the damaged or dead pulp. The space left can then be filled to prevent any further infection getting in. An x-ray can show the number and shape of the root canals and also signs of infection (an abscess) in the surrounding bone.

Using special instruments called files, the inflamed or infected nerve tissue is removed from inside the tooth. Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial medicines are then put inside the tooth to help stop inflammation and infection.

At Canberra Dental Care our dentists have undergone special training in the latest endodontic techniques. We generally use rotary nickel-titanium files, which contributes to more efficient, predictable and pain free Root Canal Treatments.

Usually a tooth that has had Root Canal Treatment will require a crown to protect, strengthen and seal the tooth. This is best done soon after the root canal treatment is completed.

We take every care ensuring a comfortable procedure. The majority of people who have undergone Root Canal Treatment typically report that the process itself is no more involved than having a filling placed.

Root Canal Treatment eliminates nerve problems and abscesses, avoids tooth extraction and is far more cost effective in the long term.