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Root Canal Therapy in Pakenham

Root Canal Overview

This procedure is required when a tooth is heavily affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria and any decay are removed. After cleaning and re-shaping the canal cavity, fillers are inserted to prevent bacteria from re-entering the nerve system.

Most often root canals are performed to retain functionality and aesthetics within a tooth. Many patients believe removing a tooth that has problems is the only solution. However, restoring a natural tooth with therapy can be cheaper than implants and cause less problems for adjacent teeth.

 

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Root Canal Procedure

A root canal procedure requires several appointments and can be performed by a dentist or periodontist (root canal specialist). Under local anaesthetic, a rubber dam (sheet of rubber) will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free from saliva. An opening is made on the tooth and canal files are placed into the opening to remove the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent or temporary filling.

In the following appointment, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with a special dental material. A filling or crown will be placed to cover the opening on the top of the tooth to protect and prevent it from breaking, restoring it to it's full function. After treatment your teeth may be sensitive, but it will slowly diminish as the inflammation recedes.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Severe tooth pain
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold liquids
  • Swelling and/or tenderness
  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums

Check-Up & Clean

Professional Dental Clean & Examination

Tooth Fillings

Restore Chipped, Cracked or Worn Teeth

Tooth Extraction

Remove a Severely Decayed or Unhealthy Tooth

Dental Implants

A Fixed Solution for Replacing Missing Teeth

Dental Crowns

Artificial Cover to Restore Shape and Size

Dental Bridges

Replace Multiple Teeth, Fill a Gap

Wisdom Teeth

Remove Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Root Canal Therapy

Restore Teeth Affected by Decay or Infection

Dental Emergency

Prompt Treatment to Alleviate Pain