Clean it or lose it! Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

If you are suffering from a tooth ache you may require a root canal treatment, which could save you from losing your tooth all together!

At Tewantin Dental Care in Noosa, we can help treat your infected tooth before it’s too late and you have to have it removed. Root canal treatments often have a negative stigma attached to it; however even with modern technology, in all cases, we prefer to keep our patients' natural teeth rather than replace them with prosthetics. Root canal treatment, more technically known as endodontic treatment, is the removal of the tooth’s pulp – a small, thread-like tissue in the centre of the tooth.

The Structure of the Tooth

Your tooth is made up of more than one layer and in cases where one of the layers become infected; this can cause deterioration of the tooth in its entirety. Your teeth are made of some of the hardest substances in your body along with some of the most sensitive which is why maintaining good oral hygiene is so important. The layers of your tooth include:

  • Enamel- The hard outermost layer of your tooth, enamel is the hardest substance in the body and protects your tooth from bacteria.
  • Dentine- This layer is not as hard as enamel, it forms the bulk of the tooth and can be sensitive if the protection of the enamel is lost.
  • Pulp- Soft tissue containing the blood and nerve supply to the tooth, this layer is extremely sensitive. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root.
  • Cementum- The layer of bone-like tissue covering the tooth root.

What Does Root Canal Treatment Involve?

Root canal or endodontic treatment is a process that treats inflamed or dead pulp by removing the infection from the inside of the tooth, enabling the tooth that was originally causing you pain, to be salvaged. We will treat your infected dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibres and nerve fibres. Treating infected tooth pulp can save the tooth before it is too late and extraction is required, that’s what we mean when we say clean it or lose it!

How Do You Know If You Require a Root Canal Treatment?

We always encourage our patients to contact our dental office if they are experiencing any pain or discomfort in their mouth. However, more serious symptoms may include; looseness of the tooth, swollen gums around the tooth, facial swelling or pus around the tooth. If you are concerned by some pain, however minor, we still recommend coming in for an assessment so we can examine and diagnose your concerns. You should also visit Tewantin Dental Centre at least twice a year to ensure any warning signs can be picked up by our team of highly skilled dental professionals.

Feel confident when you come to Tewantin Dental Care

Dr Alex Banic graduated in 1993 from Melbourne University and received his Graduate Diploma of Clinical Dentistry in 1999. Dr Banic has lived in Noosa for over 7 years and still enjoys meeting new patients and helping treat the locals maintain good oral health. With a team of skilled dentists and dental professionals, you can feel confident putting your dental needs in the hands of Tewantin Dental Care.

If you are suffering from a tooth ache we recommend not waiting any longer for treatment because the longer you wait, the closer you could be to requiring extraction.

For more information about root canal therapy please don’t hesitate to call (07) 5447 1361 or contact us online.