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Root Canals in Burleigh Heads

Root Canal Burleigh HeadsWhen the pulp (nerve) of your tooth becomes infected from decay or bacteria leaking through a fracture, it can cause severe pain, abscesses and tooth death.

Fortunately, endodontic treatment can preserve your tooth so that it doesn’t have to be removed. Thanks to modern advancements in these treatments, getting your tooth repaired is more comfortable than ever.

What Is Endodontic Treatment?

Endodontic therapy, better known as “root canal treatment” is a restorative procedure where we remove the nerve inside of the tooth. This process stops the pain and prevents the infection from spreading elsewhere.

After the nerve canal is thoroughly cleaned, we fill it and seal it off to prevent new bacterial infections from developing. You can think of it as a filling that goes deeper inside of the tooth, rather than just repairing the portion above your gums.

Finally, you’ll need to have a crown placed over your tooth to prevent chipping or fractures in the non-vital enamel.

Is It Better to Have the Tooth Pulled?

When possible, we always prefer to restore your natural teeth. Doing so limits changes to your bone and reduces treatment costs over time. Although options such as extractions, bridges and dental implants are available, they are simply imitations of nature’s perfect tooth design. As such, we prefer to limit them to when a natural tooth is non-restorable.

Symptoms of Abscessed Teeth

Nerve damage isn’t always obvious. Although some dying and infected teeth can remain asymptomatic, other people experience signs such as

  • Severe pain, throbbing or tooth sensitivity
  • Visible fractures or decay in the tooth
  • An abscess or visible fistula (small pimple) on the gums
  • Swelling in the gums or face
  • Dark areas near the root of the tooth, as seen on your dental X-rays

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

If you suspect that you may have an abscessed tooth or need a root canal, contact our office for a short exam to find out if that’s the case. We’re also happy to provide second opinions. Schedule your appointment today.
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Root Canals Burleigh Heads 07 5576 6208