When a tooth is cracked or has suffered a deep cavity, bacteria can penetrate through to the centre of the tooth or root canal. This contains the living tissue made up of sensitive nerves and blood vessels commonly known as pulp. The invasion of bacteria infects the pulp, causing inflammation and severe pain.
Root canal treatment alleviates the pain quickly, so you’ll immediately feel more comfortable. On the flip side, if it’s left untreated, even the best dentist in Melbourne would agree that there is likely to be only one outcome – a tooth extraction!
The good news is that if treated early enough, root canal treatment, otherwise known as endodontic therapy can prevent the need for tooth removal altogether.