Root Canals by Dentist Canberra

Cavities are one of the most common dental health complications that can lead to permanent tooth loss in adults. This is because many people do not realise the consequences of daily wear and tear on their teeth and may not understand proper dental hygiene until they are facing a dental emergency. If you are having a constant toothache, chances are you may have developed a cavity in your tooth. The easiest way to deal with cavities is to see your dentist about getting a root canal service.

What dental anomalies are restored by getting a root canal?

You can get a root canal procedure performed when any of the following problems happen:

  • When you have cavities: Cavities that have reached and exposed the pulp cavity may lead to bacterial infections and that can certainly cause complications. The bacteria in question can be very destructive and can further spread the decay to your gums and cause the tooth to root. Our professional and hygienic root canal procedure involves removing all the infected tissue and then sealing the tooth to make sure that further infection does not occur.
  • When you have a fractured tooth: When a tooth gets a fracture, its structure is compromised greatly. As a result, the tooth may be susceptible to decay. A root canal procedure will help save the tooth and protect it from further damage down the track.

Root Canal Dentist CanberraHow cavities form

When a person eats starchy or sugary foods, some of the foods often gets stuck in the teeth. This can form a coating which is known as a dental plaque. The coating is acted on by a certain mouth bacteria forming an acidic substance. This substance is normally neutralized by the alkaline nature of toothpaste. However, for people who forgo brushing twice per day, the acid stays in the mouth and eats away at the enamel and the dentin, eventually reaching the pulp cavity. When the cavities have opened up the pulp cavity, the tissue becomes susceptible to bacterial infection. These infections are what generally causes toothache.

Dealing with cavities

Techniques will vary depending on the progress of the cavity:

  • If the corrosion has only started and is causing tooth sensitivity, the dentist will recommend toothpaste that is calcium fortified to strengthen the tooth. They will also advise you on proper dental hygiene to avoid further corrosion.
  • If the cavities have bored a hole into the dentin, the dentist will use filling procedures to try and save the tooth from complete damage. They may also recommend crowns for more protection.
  • In case the decay has reached the pulp cavity, a root canal service will have to be carried out. Here, all the rotten tissue is removed, leaving a gap. The dentist washes and sterilizes this gap and seals it. A crown is added for protection.
  • In case the decay has affected the root, extraction of the tooth followed by an implant could be the only choice.

The benefits of a root canal process

There are many benefits that come from the root canal procedure. These include:

  • The toothache is usually alleviated.
  • The original tooth is preserved and protected from further damage.
  • Potential tooth loss is averted.
  • The unbecoming dark stains that form on a decayed tooth are covered up by the crown, hiding the flaw.

Addressing tooth sensitivity and pain early enough protects you from total tooth loss. Call us on (02) 6181 0771 or book an appointment online to get quality root canal treatment.