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Root Canal Treatment at Keilor East Dental Smiles

Root canal treatment is a vital procedure for preserving a tooth that has experienced significant decay or damage, leading to nerve tissue degeneration. Without this treatment, an infected tooth pulp can lead to an abscess and potentially cause severe damage to the jawbone.

woman smiling and talking to dental hygienistsWhy You Might Need a Root Canal

Common Causes of Pulp Inflammation:

  • Deep decay
  • Large or faulty fillings
  • Trauma to the tooth
  • A chipped tooth
  • Repeated dental procedures on the tooth

Symptoms Indicating a Root Canal is Needed:

  • Persistent pain
  • Tenderness and swelling in the gums nearby
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Increased sensitivity to temperature
These symptoms suggest that the pulp inside the tooth is inflamed and infected, necessitating a root canal procedure to restore oral health.

The Root Canal Procedure Explained

Step-by-Step Treatment:

  1. Diagnosis and Preparation: Examination of X-rays and administration of local anesthesia to ensure comfort during the procedure.
  2. Removing Infected Tissue: Access is made through the crown of the tooth to remove the inflamed nerve tissue. The root canal is then meticulously cleaned to eliminate all debris and bacteria.
  3. Sealing the Canal: The cleaned canal is sealed off to prevent any further entry of fluids and bacteria.
  4. Filling the Canal: The root canal is filled with a gutta-percha and adhesive cement mixture to restore the tooth’s structure.
  5. Final Restoration: A crown is placed over the sealed tooth, allowing it to function normally again.

Post-Treatment Care

After the treatment, it’s common to experience some discomfort for a few days. We recommend following the dentist’s advice on taking over-the-counter pain medication. In cases of severe infection, prescription-strength pain relievers and antibiotics may be necessary to fully eliminate any remaining infection.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are experiencing symptoms that might require a root canal, do not wait. Early treatment is crucial to save the tooth and alleviate pain. Book a consultation at Keilor East Dental Smiles today for expert root canal treatment.


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