Root Canal Treatments (Endodontics)

Overview of Root Canal Treatments

The root canal is the space inside the tooth that contains the pulp, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Root canal treatment is typically recommended when the pulp is damaged beyond repair and cannot be saved.

If you are experiencing tooth pain or other symptoms, it’s important to see your dentist or endodontist for an evaluation to determine if root canal treatment is necessary.

A Safe and Effective Solution for Tooth Pain

When a tooth becomes infected it is likely we will need to carry out a root canal treatment. This is a very straightforward procedure that removes the infection, saving the tooth so it can be restored with either a filling or a crown.

An infection can occur if bacteria are able to penetrate deep into the central part of the tooth that houses the nerves and blood vessels to the tooth. This is called the pulp and an adult tooth is able to function perfectly well without it. Your tooth is likely to become infected if it has a leaking filling or untreated tooth decay, or has suffered some sort of trauma that has removed part of the tooth.

Understanding the Root Canal Treatment Process

To carry out a root canal treatment, our dentist in Dee Why will access the pulp through the crown of the tooth which is the part you can normally see in the mouth. Using a microscope, we will carefully remove the infected pulp before cleaning out this area as well as the root canals which extend from the pulp into the tooth roots. Once we are sure all the infected tissue has been removed, the area is disinfected. We may choose to temporarily fill the tooth, just to make sure all the infection is gone before restoring it properly with a filling or a crown.

Root canal treatment is an excellent way to save the tooth and before this procedure was invented we would have had no other choice but to extract the infected tooth. If you have any concerns regarding this procedure, please speak to our friendly dental team on (02) 9971 8992. Coastal Smiles Dee Why is located at Suite 1, 5 Dee Why Parade, Dee Why NSW 2099.

Frequently Asked Questions

A root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is a dental procedure used to treat a tooth that has become infected or inflamed in the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside the tooth.

The signs that you may need a root canal treatment include severe tooth pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, swelling or tenderness in the gums, and discoloration of the tooth.

During a root canal treatment, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth and create an opening in the top of the tooth to access the infected pulp. They will then remove the infected tissue and clean out the root canals of the tooth. Once the canals are clean, your dentist will fill them with a special material and seal the tooth with a filling or crown.

Root canal treatment is typically not painful, as the area around the tooth will be numbed with local anaesthesia. However, you may experience some discomfort or sensitivity in the days following the procedure as your tooth heals.

While it is possible for a tooth that has had a root canal treatment to become re-infected, this is relatively rare. To reduce the risk of re-infection, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist for regular checkups.

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