Root canal therapy can help to save a severely damaged tooth from extraction Root canal therapy is necessary when pain is caused by infected or inflamed pulp within the root of a tooth. Not only will root canal therapy help to retain the appearance and function of an infected tooth, but it will also help to prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth or body. Why choose root canal treatment? Root canal therapy is a safe and effective way to save an existing tooth from needing to be removed due to decay. Often in the past, teeth that were severely decayed would be removed, without even considering the possibility of saving the tooth. Due to modern dental techniques, our team are able to save the tooth from needing to be extracted, reducing the chances of bone deterioration and oral health problems that may arise from missing a tooth. By removing the infected pulp and filling the tooth, function will be restored and pain will be alleviated. If you choose not to have an infected tooth treated, it can affect your ability to eat and restrict oral function. The root canal procedure X-Ray – To understand the severity of the case and to gain a better insight into your specific condition, an X-Ray will need to be taken of the affected area. Nerve extraction – The tooth will be isolated using a rubber guard to prevent infection from spreading any further and restrict saliva flow to the area. Existing decay is removed before the nerve is extracted using very fine root canal instruments. Root canal seal – Once the nerve is removed, the root canal will be cleaned and then sealed with a filler. In some cases you may want to cosmetically improve the appearance of the tooth as well. This may be done using a crown following root canal treatment. Root canal treatment at Surf Coast Dental in Torquay Surf Coast Dental provide a comfortable practice for patients to receive root canal therapy. Due to the use of local anaesthetic and relaxation techniques, patients should not feel any discomfort throughout their procedure. Patients often mention that it is similar to having a regular tooth filling. If you are experiencing tooth pain and think you may require a root canal, book an appointment with the friendly team at Surf Coast Dental! Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.