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Root Canal

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed.  Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.

Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime, although on occasion, a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.

Signs and symptoms for possible root canal therapy:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Sometimes no symptoms are present.
  • Swelling and/or tenderness.

Reasons for root canal therapy:

  • Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth).
  • Infection or abscess have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

If you require root canal therapy in Oceanside please contact (760)722-0137 for a consultation. Our Doctor will listen to your symptoms and answer any questions. Our dental team will examine your teeth, which may include taking x-rays to help plan a customized approach for your root canal treatment by revealing the number, size and curvature and depth of the roots. This will help to determine the complexity of your case.

Our dentists are trained to carry out endodontic treatment, which is supported by the ADA, so rest assured we can assist you with your root canal therapy. If you do require specialised Melbourne Endodontic treatment, we have referred specialists that can treat you.