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Root Canal Therapy

When the pulp is injured or ill and is unable to repair itself, it becomes inflamed and will eventually die. Root Canal Therapy must be performed in order to avoid the spread of inflammation and infection to the tissues around the diseased tooth. Before proceeding with root canal therapy, the dentist at Aussie Smile Dentistry will take a good quality pre-operative radiograph. After that, a series of tests must be implemented in order to replicate the symptoms that the patient is experiencing. Following with the procedure, the infected tissue is cleaned out and the root canal system disinfected. The hollow roots are then filled with an inert rubber component to seal off the canals and prevent further infection. Once a root canal is successfully implemented, repairing the tooth with a crown is highly recommended in order to preserve its external structure from fracture as a root canal treated tooth tends to become brittle, due to the removal of blood supply to the tooth.

When do I need a Root Canal Therapy?

Some symptoms indicate that a root canal treatment is necessary, these can include extensive pain while chewing, prolonged sensitivity to heat/cold, or a darkening of the tooth. Swelling and tenderness or pimples on the gums are also common signs. However, there is a possibility that no symptoms will be noticed. The dentist at Aussie Smile Surgery will take an x ray of the tooth to determine if there is an infection in the surrounding bone and proceed according to the case.

How is the Root Canal Therapy procedure?

While the tooth is numb, a sheet of rubber will be placed around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. An access opening is made on top of the tooth and a series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, nerve tissue, and bacteria. If tooth decay is present, our specialist will also remove it with special dental instruments. When the tooth is totally cleaned, it will be sealed with either a permanent filling or a temporary filling, depending on if additional appointments are needed. During the next visit, the roots and the inside cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with special dental components. A filling will be situated to cover the opening on top of the tooth. When the teeth have a root canal treatment, it is recommended to place a crown. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function. After treatment, your tooth may still be sensitive, but this will subside as the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed. Our professionals in Mosman will provide you with care instructions after each appointment. Good oral hygiene practices and visiting the dentist regularly will aid in the life of your root canal treatment.