Dr Philip Makepeace

123 Bargara Rd, Bundaberg, QLD, 4670

What is a root canal and how is the treatment helpful to your teeth?

Let’s take a look at what we need to know about root canal treatment, the actual procedure and the symptoms that might indicate that you need one.

What is a root canal?

 A root canal is the naturally occurring anatomic space within the root of your tooth, in it is the pulp chamber, the main canal and the more intricate anatomical branches that connect the root canals to each other


How can the infected root canal of my tooth be treated?

 Root canal treatment is recommended when there is a deep infection in the tooth, this is when the pulp inside the tooth is infected with bacteria. If not treated properly or in time, it is sometimes necessary to extract the tooth in question. At Distinctive Dental care, we prefer extraction to be the last option and after being carefully examined you will be taken through the root canal procedure in great detail. So, what are some of the reasons for needing this treatment?

  • Untreated tooth decay
  • Infection or damage below an old filling
  • The tooth being badly injured
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth grinding

Treating the infected area helps with getting your teeth back to good shape and is a good preventative measure to make sure that the infected are doesn’t spread to your other teeth causing tooth and bone loss. The dentist taking care of you will carefully remove the damaged pulp and any other parts that have decay. Once cleaned and sealed, the tooth is restored back to a healthy state. A lot of people often fear this procedure because of many tales of pain and discomfort that some have experienced in the past because we understand that the teeth are sensitive and delicate parts of the body you will be offered various pain prevention measures depending on your health and what you’re comfortable with.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is an essential part of your recovery. You might need to schedule a follow-up appointment with the dentist to ensure that there are no signs of infection left. Brushing your teeth twice a day, including a mouth wash in your dental regime and dental floss will ensure that you’re on the right track. Be sure to visit us regularly for cleaning and checkups, avoiding foods that are hard to chew and can be hurtful to your teeth will also be helpful to you.


What will the symptoms be, how will you know you have an infected root canal?

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold beverages
  • Sensitivity to candy and sweet foods
  • Pain when biting into something
  • Swelling of the face
  • Constant tooth pain
  • Severe tooth discomfort and pain


If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see our team of medical professionals who are dedicated to making sure you don’t suffer


Will my saved tooth last forever?

 Your tooth should be okay for a very long time, of course not all teeth are the same so the treatment might last longer on some than others. There are various factors that could determine just how long the treatment lasts for you. If the infection has spread to the jaw bone. A tooth that received root canal treatment promptly prior to the infection will last longer. Age can be a factor as well, the older we get, the more brittle our teeth become.


How long will recovery be?

 A successful procedure will see you experiencing mild pain and discomfort for a few days, this will only be temporary. Your teeth are already sensitive so any excessive handling than usual will cause discomfort. By practising good dental hygiene and taking mild pain medication, you should feel better in a few days. Should this not be the case, it’s best to come in and see us.

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