Need a root canal performed? 5 benefits you may have overlooked from our dentist in Mackay

Getting over a cracked tooth or recent dental infection is rarely fun and, while it can seem easier to simply have the affected tooth removed, this may not be the best long-term solution.


Dental infections are common and are typically caused by bacteria getting into the pulp of the tooth and causing inflammation; as the inflammation and swelling cannot go anywhere as they are surrounded by bone, an uncomfortable abscess forms and causes discomfort. Alternatively, if you have recently had a trauma to your mouth, this process may occur due to cracks forming and the bacteria accessing the pulp that way.

So, aside from having an extraction, how else can you prevent these unpleasant issues from recurring?

Our team at Northern Beaches can help! Our dentist Mackay can restore your smile and your dental health following an infection with endodontics; or, as you may know it, a root canal. A simple procedure that removes infected debris, this is the easiest way to keep your smile intact and allows you to prevent any recurrent infections at the same time. Brilliant!

But what are some of the other advantages of having a root canal performed by our dentist Mackay? Read on to find out!


Yes, we have already mentioned this, but when you consider the alternative to having a root canal, which would be an extraction, this becomes all the more important. For instance, if your infected tooth is at the front of your mouth, you are unlikely to want an extraction performed!

Our dentist Mackay will clean the tooth and top it off with a composite filling or crown, so the tooth looks the same as the rest of your smile with no unpleasant side-effects.


Of course, a root canal also restores the function of the tooth.

Following an infection, your tooth may feel sensitive to pressure or heat, making it difficult to eat. As we will remove the infected debris and assist in the healing with antibiotics, your tooth will be as strong as ever, allowing you to bite and chew as you did before the infection.


If you have an infection anywhere in the body, there is an ever-present risk of it spreading.

While a full extraction may remove the source of the infection, it does not prevent it from affecting the surrounding tissues and teeth. A root canal removes all of the infected debris and offers a deep clean, keeping the remaining area hygienic.


A gap in your teeth not only looks unappealing, but it is also unhygienic; plaque can form on the surrounding teeth and on the gum line, potentially leading to decay and gum disease.

A root canal keeps everything where it needs to be and doesn’t heighten the chances of decay or periodontal disease.


And finally, correctly applied, a root canal can last up to 15 years and longer.

With no long-term effects, it may last the rest of your life without an issue, making it a worthwhile procedure.


All treatment carries risks. Individual consultation is required with one of our practitioners to ensure that the treatment is right for you.