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Root Canal therapy

When is it time to get Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is needed when the blood or the pulp is infected through decay or injury. You may not feel any pain in the early stages of the infection. Sometimes your tooth could darken in colour, which means that the nerve of the tooth has died or is dying. This would need root canal treatment. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue around the tooth has a high chance of becoming infected and abscesses may form.

Why is root canal treatment needed?

If the pulp gets infected, the infection may spread through the root canal system of the tooth. This may eventually lead to an abscess. An abscess is an inflamed area where pus collects and can cause swelling of the tissues surrounding the tooth. The symptoms of an abscess can range from a dull ache to extensive pain, and the tooth may be tender when you bite. If root canal treatment is not done, the infection will spread and the tooth may need to be removed.

How is the root canal treatment done?

The dentist at Aussie Smile Dentistry will provide you with a local anesthetic. Then he will place a rubber dam around the tooth being treated to protect it from bacteria in your saliva through the procedure. After that, youe dentist at Aussie Smile Dentist  in Mosman will make an opening in the tooth to reach the root canal system and the damaged pulp. Following the procedure, the dentist removes the pulp by cleaning and enlarging the root canal system. After the canal has been cleaned, the dentist fills and seals the canal. The opening of the tooth is then sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling.

Tooth restoration after root canal treatment

After a root canal treatment, your tooth has to be fixed to look, feel and act as natural as possible. The specialist at Aussie Smile Dentist may use a permanent filling or a crown to restore your tooth. The options for restoration will depend on the strength of the part of the tooth that's left. A back tooth will probably need a crown due to chewing, as it puts a great deal of force on back teeth. If there is not enough of the tooth left, posts may be used to help support the crown.
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