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Root Canal Therapy Sydney

Root Canal Therapy Sydney-Pitt Street Dental Centre

Root Canal Therapy Sydney

Root canal treatment is a type of endodontic therapy that is used to remove the pain and discomfort of an infected tooth root. While it is associated with a painful treatment, the opposite is true because root canal treatment eliminates the source of pain to restore your oral health. If you have pain or sensitivity due to an infected tooth, our team here at Pitt Street Dental Centre in Sydney can help.

The Truth About Root Canal Treatment

A tooth is made up of the crown that you see in your mouth and a root that you cannot see because it extends into the gums and jawbone. The root is an important part of the tooth as it houses pulp, a collection of connective tissue, blood vessels, the nerves.

If harmful bacteria sneaks into the root through unseen cavities or through the gumline, infection can take hold of the root causing intense pain and swelling. If left untreated, pain intensifies and eventually the tooth may fall out.

Root canal treatment is a dental solution used to intervene and stop the pain and infection. The dentist can go through the tooth to access the root, then use specialised technology to remove the infection. Once the root cleaned, it will be disinfected and then filled with a special material to protect it from further infection. An infected root tissue is the source of pain, and when that is removed and cleaned, the pain is also removed.

How Tooth Infections Begin

An untreated cavity is generally the source of an infection, however, not all cavities can be seen or felt until too late. Bacteria can hide in the crevices and cracks of teeth and eventually multiply and spread. As it spreads into the tooth, pulp tissue gets infected and cannot be reversed with antibiotics. Unfortunately, the pulp is where nerves also reside, which is why the pain can be intense. The following are common causes of infection:

Cracked or chipped teeth that are not treated

Hidden cavities

Old fillings that allow bacteria to seep in

Trauma to teeth

Regular dental checkups are the best way to prevent infections of the mouth as we can find hidden cavities and treat them. Regular professional dental cleanings are another way to prevent infection and is another layer of protection against tooth decay.

Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Thanks to advancements in dental technology and the skilled hands of our dental professionals here at Pitt Street Dental Centre Sydney, root canal treatment can be performed with minimal discomfort.

Numbing agents can resolve the pain and then the root is gently cleaned and disinfected. Once complete, the tooth will be sealed and a dental crown will be placed on the tooth to protect the area, leaving you with a functionable tooth that is cleared of infection.

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When is Root Canal Treatment Necessary?

Root canal treatment is used to clean infection. The tooth root is also cleaned by removing infected and dead tissue that cannot heal on its own. If you experience recurring pain in a tooth that doesn’t resolve with cleaning or over-the-counter pain medications, you may need a root canal treatment.

The following are some common signs:

Severe, ongoing tooth pain
Sensitive tooth that is chipped or cracked
Swollen and painful gums in one area of the mouth
Darkened gums in one area
Ongoing sensitivity in one tooth or area of the mouth
Gum abscess
Untreated gum disease
Extreme wear to a tooth
Sensitivity or pain in tooth with an old dental filling

The Root Canal Treatment and Process

The Root Canal Treatment and Process-Root Canal Therapy Sydney-Pitt Street Dental Centre

A thorough checkup with x-rays can help us determine if root canal treatment is warranted. The x-ray is used to determine the shape of your tooth root and where the infection is. If you need treatment, the following steps are what you can expect:

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A numbing gel is applied to the gum of the infected tooth before local anaesthetic is administered