Root Canal Therapy

preventative dentistry

Root canal therapy is also known as endodontic treatment.

Endodontics involves the treatment of the tooth pulp containing the nerve of the tooth and the tissues which surround the root of the tooth. The pulp may become diseased or injured and is unable to repair itself.

What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal therapy removes the diseased pulp tissue, which is composed of a nerve and blood supply within the tooth. After all the material has been removed from within the root, the canal or canals if it is a multi-rooted tooth, are sterilized and sealed with a material that prevents bacteria from re-entering.

Because a root canal removes everything, which feeds the tooth and keeps it alive the tooth will become brittle after a period of time. This time period varies from person to person. It is for that reason that the tooth should be restored as quickly as possible and your dentist might recommend that a post and a crown be placed as a final restoration. Back teeth are usually crowned shortly after a root canal has been performed to prevent the tooth from shattering due to the pressure put on it by chewing.

Root canal work is not uncomfortable, and in some instances can be performed in one visit. The discomfort associated with root canal therapy is normally due to the infection and should subside once treatment commences.


How Do You Know You Need Root Canal Treatment?

You may have root canal disease if you are experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Lingering sensitivity to either hot or cold liquids
  • Sensitivity to sweets
  • Pain from bite pressure
  • Pain that is referred from a tooth to another area, such as the neck, temple, or the ear
  • Spontaneous toothache
  • Constant or intermittent pain
  • Throbbing pain
  • Pain that may occur in response to atmospheric pressure changes, i.e. when flying or scuba diving
  • Pain that may occur in response to postural changes, i.e. when going from standiong to a reclining position
  • Swelling

Early Detection is Key to Successful Treatment

If pain or discomfort is affecting your quality of life, please don’t delay. Give the team at Supreme Dental Lalor a call on (03) 9465 7707.

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Have Some Questions?

What Insurances Do You Accept?

At Supreme Dental Lalor, we accept all insurance with HICAPS. We’re a preferred practice for Medibank, HCF and

What Other Forms of Payment Do You Accept?

Along with insurance, we accept cash, credit card and government vouchers, such as CDBS, DVA and TAC.

Is there on-site parking?

Supreme Dental Lalor is conveniently located in Lalor opposite to Woolworths Lalor. We have on site disabled parking, as well as 100 car spaces in front of Woolworths available.

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