Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment, and one of the most effective methods of saving a decaying or abscessed tooth. Patients generally approach our dentists in Parramatta for root canal therapy when they notice certain symptoms such as sensitivity, chipped teeth, or swelling of the gums.
Root canals are sometimes needed for a cracked, injured or tooth with a deep cavity, or issues from a previous filling. When tooth damage impacts the soft dental pulp within the tooth, root canal therapy is often required. Root canal treatment involves removing the infected pulp and bacteria from the pulp chamber in the tooth in order to save it. After the pulp is removed, the tooth is disinfected and sealed. This dental procedure will alleviate any pain and prevent reinfection. So your teeth are protected for the future, it is recommended to have a crown to prevent any premature wearing down of the tooth as the risk of fracturing increases after a root canal.
Here’s what you can expect when getting a root canal:
- Xray: If our dental clinic suspects that a root canal is necessary, we will take x-rays to gain a better understanding of the type of decay on the tooth and the extent of the damage.
- Anesthetic: A local anesthetic is required if the procedure is going to go ahead.
- Procedure: During the root canal, any old fillings or decay are removed from the tooth. Then the tooth canal is smoothed and hollowed. Finally, we make an incision in the tooth and the infected pulp is taken out.
- Filling : Since the root of the tooth is now exposed, it is refilled to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth.
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