Root Canal Therapy (RCT) is one of the most common procedures done to save an infected, damaged, non-vital (a tooth with no access to blood flow) or decaying tooth.
Root canals are often called for when a tooth sustains damage that may infect, if it hasn’t already infected, the soft dental pulp within the tooth. Dental pulp is filled with blood vessels and nerve endings that keep your tooth vital, so an infection in this area often leads to severe pain, swelling, and abscesses.
What does a root canal do?
A root canal procedure can be completed over several treatments, and starts with the removal of dental pulp and any present decay, then:
- The canal that contained the dental pulp is cleaned, enlarged and reshaped for the latter stages of treatment
- The dentist may treat any present infection in the tooth with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory medicines, and wait until the infection subsides before completing the final stage of the root canal
- Finally, the dentist will fill the canals with a biocompatible material and seal the tooth; in some instances a customised crown may be recommended to protect the tooth against further damage and create an even smile
What are the signs that I need a root canal?
The most common signs that indicate that a patient needs a root canal involve increasing pain and general sensitivity, but other symptoms include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Swelling of the gums
- Soreness of the gums, and
- Tooth discolouration
Root canals don’t have to be traumatic, our dentists at the Parramatta dental clinic are equipped with the latest technology and know-how to help you make the best choice for your needs – speak to us today.