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Root Canal Treatment
at Albany Place Dental Practice

Woman in pain holding the side of her faceWhile root canals of yesterday were about as popular as swimming with sharks in the Great Barrier Reef, today’s root canals are virtually painless. Perhaps best of all, they save the tooth. During the procedure, your dentist will remove the damaged or infected nerve tissue before filling in the infected root with an antibiotic. This step helps to treat any infection that remains. Next, filling material is placed into the tooth root before a crown is put on the tooth for protection.

Inside the tooth, under the enamel and a hard layer called  dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. This pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

Why Choose Root Canal Therapy?

Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  • Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain

How Do You Know if You Need A Root Canal?

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes:

  • Deep decay
  • Repeated dental procedures on the tooth
  • Faulty crowns
  • Crack or chip in the tooth.
  • In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks

If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to a dental abscess.

How We Perform Treatments

During treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.

Root canal treatment often takes several dental visits, depending on the complexity of the problem and how long it takes for the infection and inflammation to clear. In some cases, we may need to refer you to a specialist.

Not Sure if you need a Root canal?

Contact us today to request an appointment with one of our experienced dentists. We are located off Albany Creek Road near the Albany Creek Aldi and there is a bus stop near our practice.

Root Canal Albany Creek | Albany Place Dental Practice | 07 3264 2650