The modern day diet comprises of fast foods and carbonated beverages that abound in sugars and simple carbohydrates. This diet in conjunction with the stressful lifestyle of the new millennium has been a catalyst in causing a number of problems like diabetes, cancer and even the problem of the root canal infection. However a safe and effective procedure for this problem can be found in root canal treatment Melbourne dental clinics.

The root canal is the natural cavity that is located at the centre of the tooth. It comprises of a soft area called the pulp chamber, and this is where the nerve of the tooth resides. The root canal treatment is a procedure that helps in saving and repairing an infected or badly decayed tooth. This treatment involves the removal of the pulp and the nerve of the tooth followed by the cleaning and sealing of the tooth.

When there is a problem with the root canal and it is not treated, it is possible that the patient will have problems with the formation of abscesses and the subsequent infection of the surrounding tissue. This can further lead to problems like swelling of the head, neck and face. It may also cause the loss of bone on the root tip.

Moreover, drainage problems can lean to infection in the gums and the skin. Therefore, it is important to remove the pulp to prevent the accumulation of the bacteria and the spread of the infection.

The basic function of the nerve of the tooth is to detect sensations of cold and hot. However, after the emergence of the tooth from the gums, the tooth nerve really does not have any role to play. Hence, the removal of this nerve will not hamper the everyday functions of the tooth.

The primary cause for root canal issues arise from infection and damage to the pulp and the nerve residing inside the tooth. This infection may result from chronic and undetected decay, any kind of trauma on the face, chipping or a crack in the tooth, filling in the teeth and excess of dental procedures.

The infection of the root canal may or may not be accompanied by tell-tale signs and symptoms.

Some of these symptoms are:

  • Reoccurrence of a pimple on the gums
  • Tenderness and swelling in the surrounding area
  • Darkening or discoloration of the tooth
  • Excessive and prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold sensations, even after the removal or the stimuli.
  • Excessive toothache caused due to chewing or even pressure application.


The root canal treatment involves a number of steps like taking an X-ray, which helps in analysing the extent of the infection. The dentist also checks to see if the surrounding bone is infected or not. The dentist numbs the area using a local anaesthesia, which helps in relaxing the patient. Once numb, the dentist will place a sheet of rubber around the tooth in order to keep the area clean and dry. At this point, a hole is drilled into the affected tooth. This hole is used to clean out the debris and remove the nerve tissue. The dentist will use root canal files and sodium hypochlorite or water to flush the resulting debris. Once the tooth has been cleaned out, it is sealed to prevent any further infections. While some dentists prefer sealing the tooth on the same day, others may wait for a couple of days to complete the process. During this time, the tooth is protected with other medicated fillings that prevent any kind of infection.

Tooth restoration is part of the root canal treatment Healthy Smiles dentists ensure. Placing the post and crown to protect your tooth look as natural as your own is absolutely essential as a long terms protection mechanism for the structurally weak tooth after toot canal treatment.

Root canal treatment may be painful in some cases; however it has a success rate above 85%. The tooth restoration process also helps in disguising the effects of root canal treatment. However, root canal treatment definitely becomes a necessity in many cases where the teeth are beyond any redemption. This treatment not only helps in saving the infected tooth but the surrounding teeth from the infection!

To prevent a complex treatment like toot canal, visit one our dentists today for an examination. Early intervention will save you not only $$$ but also a lot of pain, agony and inconvenience.

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