Root Canal Fillings

Root canal fillings are a highly technical and complex procedure done on infected teeth that have been irreversibly damaged mainly due to dental disease or trauma, but more commonly now due to micro cracks and fractures of the tooth. There can also be mild right through to severe swelling around the tooth and surrounding soft tissues. Root canal fillings are a highly successful treatment that are designed to retain your natural tooth and relieve you of pain and discomfort.

What is root canal treatment

Root canal or endodontic treatment is a process whereby inflamed or dead pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth, enabling a tooth that was causing pain to be retained. Dental pulp is the soft tissue in the canal that runs through the centre of a tooth. Once a tooth is fully formed it can function normally without its pulp and be kept indefinitely. After removing the pulp, the root canals are cleaned, sterilised and shaped to a form that can be completely sealed with a filling material to prevent further infection. The treatment can take several appointments, depending on how complex the tooth is, and how long the infection takes to clear.

Once a root canal filling is completed, it is best to place a crown on the tooth to protect and strengthen it.

How long will a root canal last

If you look after your teeth and gums, your root canal treated tooth may last a lifetime. However, you must have regular checkups to ensure that the tissues around it are nourishing the root of your treated tooth.

Root canal at Stradbroke Dental

The root canal procedure ensures that the root canal system within the tooth is:

  • Thoroughly cleaned and shaped
  • Disinfected with special medications
  • Filled with a flexible root canal filling material.

There are times when we may refer to a specialist. In these cases the root system may be complex and referral to a specialist is required.

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