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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Helensvale.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about the changes or wish to book your next appointment, please visit our new website or contact our friendly team on (07) 5665 8144.

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Root Canal Treatment

root canal therapyRoot Canal Saves Your Natural Tooth

The impression that people have of root canal therapy is usually negative and misinformed. Some people even cringe at the mere mention of the treatment due to its unfair – and distorted – depiction by the popular media.

Contrary to its common perception of inducing pain and discomfort, the root canal is actually a very safe and effective treatment that relieves stress and pain. Dentists routinely perform the therapy as a means to replace a damaged or infected tooth pulp, in part to alleviate symptoms of pain and swelling.

The treatment involves a rather intricate procedure that is primarily designed to save your infected tooth. Unlike restorative options like such as dental implants that are used to replace missing teeth – the goal of root canal treatment is to restore the natural tooth back to its original condition without using any artificial teeth whatsoever.

Are you experiencing gum or facial swelling? Are your teeth sensitive to hot or cold drinks? Are there signs like teeth discolouration and gum abscess that suggest an underlying dental issue?

If so, you may require root canal therapy. To receive professional evaluation and treatment options, call Monterey Keys Dental Surgery, your Gold Coast dentists, at (07) 5665 8144.

What is a Root Canal?

The original meaning of a root canal refers to a natural cavity found at the centre of every tooth. When a tooth has been ravaged by a deep decay or injured by external impact, the tiny canals inside the root of the tooth can become infected. When the tooth's pulp (composed of living tissues and cells located in the centre of the tooth) becomes infected or inflamed, it must be removed through a procedure that has also come to be known as "the root canal".

Besides removing the affected nerve and pulp, the root canal treatment also involves cleansing the inside of the tooth before sealing it with a canal filler. The pulp is essentially the part located within the root canal that is responsible for supplying the tooth with nutrients and moisture in order to keep it healthy. The root canal treatment therefore performs a critical role in preserving the healthy parts of the tooth by removing the infected regions.

Causes and Symptoms

There are many possible causes that can lead to tooth pulp damage but the best solution a dentist can recommend you is the root canal treatment. Tooth pulp damage may occur as a result of: Deep tooth decay, cracked tooth, crown failure, bruxism, periodontitis or bacterial infection. The key to a successful treatment is to identify the tooth pulp damage early.

Some of the signs and symptoms to look out for include:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages ¬– usually persisting even after the hot/cold stimuli are no longer in contact with teeth.
  • Moderate to extreme tooth pain when applying pressure to the tooth like chewing
  • Tooth discoloration or darkening
  • Swelling or tenderness in surrounding gums
  • Pus around the infected area
  • Facial swelling

It should be noted that in some cases, there may not be any visible symptoms and the pain may be intermittent. The best safeguard against symptomless infections is to get your teeth checked regularly and evaluated for any underlying conditions. Root canal treatments should not be delayed as an infected tooth may affect neighbouring teeth in a domino-like effect.

Root Canal Treatment Procedures

After numbing the area around the affected tooth, your Gold Coast dentist will drill a hole in the tooth to access the pulp chamber located in the tooth's interior. Next, the pulp clamber will be cleaned out and the infected pulp and nerve removed. The empty canals are then filled with a flexible plastic material called gutta percha. To seal off the tooth itself, either a filling or crown may be applied. A crown is generally preferred as it helps to restore the strength of the tooth and prevents it from cracking.

While a root canal may seem like an elaborate procedure, the routinely performed treatment is necessary to prevent the occurrence of future problems. A root canal will save your original tooth and preserve your biting force and natural sensations. Unlike certain restorative methods, root canal therapy addresses the “root” of the problem so you do not need to change your eating or oral hygiene habits after the treatment.

If you are living in Gold Coast and interested to learn more about root canal treatments available in your area, call Monterey Keys Dental Surgery at (07) 5665 8144.

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