Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Therapy
What Is Root Canal Treatment?
Your teeth contain two parts – the crown and the root. The crown is the surface of your teeth that you use for chewing. On the other hand, the root is the portion beneath your gum line that holds the dental pulp consisting of nerves, tissue, and blood supply.
When the root gets infected, it becomes necessary to remove the infection to prevent further damage. This is what root canal therapy aims to do.
What Does the Procedure Involve?
Since it takes longer, a root canal procedure tends to be more uncomfortable than a regular filling. However, it is often no more painful.
Root canal therapy begins with an examination of the infected tooth. One of our qualified dentists will take an x-ray of the tooth to determine whether its root canal has an infection. If they find the root to be infected, they will proceed with the endodontic treatment.
After removing the pulp, the dentist will then clean, shape, and disinfect all of the tooth’s canals. You might need to come in for several appointments to allow the dentist to clean and shape the hole inside your tooth effectively.
Once this step is complete, the dentist will fill the inside of the treated tooth with a material known as gutta-percha. They might also insert a support into the canals to strengthen the tooth further or cap the tooth with a crown if necessary.
How to Know If You Need a Root Canal Treatment (RCT)
While some patients might not exhibit any symptoms, often, there are several signs you could look for to determine if you need root canal therapy. These signs will point to the presence of problems lying in your tooth’s deeper ends. They include:
• A darkened or discoloured tooth
• Gum swelling or tenderness
• Swelling of the neck or face
• Recurring pimples on your gums or an abscess
• Sensitivity to cold or hot beverages and foods that lasts after removing the cold or heat
• Severe toothache when chewing, biting, or applying any pressure on the tooth
• Pus around a tooth
Professional Root Canal Treatments in Bondi
While experiencing the above symptoms can be worrying, you can address the issue without having to extract the affected tooth by opting for a root canal treatment.
If you are looking for professional root canal therapy in NSW, turn to Bondi Family Dentist. Call us today at 02 9369 5647 to book your appointment.