Extractions and Root Canals
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other restorative dental treatment. But when there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted — or removed — from its socket in the bone.
In the event that a tooth has poor prognosis and/or has failed, it would need to be extracted.
At our dental practice in Eltham we aim to perform all extractions in a painless manner.
Root Canal Treatment
To treat the infection in the root canal, the bacteria need to be removed. This can be done by either:
removing the bacteria from the root canal system (root canal treatment)
removing the tooth (extraction)
However, removing the tooth isn't usually recommended as it's better to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible.
After the bacteria have been removed, the root canal will be filled and the tooth sealed with a filling or crown. In most cases the inflamed tissue near the tooth will heal naturally.
Root canal treatment is usually successful. In about 9 out of 10 cases a tooth can survive for up to 10 years after root canal treatment.