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Root Infection in Melbourne CBD

close up young woman with tooth acheAt Collins Dental Image, our experienced dental professionals want to help you keep your beautiful smile for a lifetime. Although we strive to help our patients of all ages prevent problems from occurring, when issues do arise, we offer a full range of state-of-the-art treatment options that we tailor to your specific needs.

If you experience a severe toothache or swelling, it may be a sign of an infection in the root of a tooth, and it’s important to seek care as soon as possible to prevent the infection from spreading. With our convenient location in Melbourne CBD, we do our best to make getting the care you need easy and accessible

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What Is a Root Infection?

What you typically think of as a tooth is just the crown of the tooth—the visible part. The outermost layer is enamel, which covers the dentin. Within the dentin is the tooth pulp, which surrounds the roots and nerves which extend below the gumline.

When bacteria enter the tooth pulp, the nerves and roots may become infected. As with other types of infections, this results in inflammation as the body attempts to fight the infection.

A number of factors can cause infections in the tooth root, but the most common causes are advanced tooth decay, gum disease, trauma to the tooth (cracked or broken tooth), or a dead tooth nerve.

How Can You Tell If There’s an Infection?

If you have an infection, you’ll generally experience symptoms that include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Discolouration of the tooth

We’ll conduct an examination of the affected tooth to confirm a diagnosis. We’ll also identify the underlying cause of the infection, so we can design an appropriate treatment plan to correct it.

Your dentist will explain the cause of your infection and answer all of your questions about proposed treatment options, such as:

As dentists in the CBD with significant experience in root canals, we aim to help you avoid the more extreme case of tooth extraction.

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An infection is a dental emergency, so don’t wait. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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