What Is a Root Canal?

Root canal therapy is a procedure performed in cases where dental decay or trauma has infected the nerve(pulp) of the tooth. This may happen if decay is left for a long time and extends to the nerve, the nerve is exposed after a tooth breaks, or a crack in a tooth allows bacteria to reach the nerve. The nerve infection may cause an abscess to be associated with the tooth. Root canal therapy allows you to keep your tooth in your mouth, where the only alternative to this may be removal of the tooth.

When Might I Need a Root Canal?

If you experience the following, you may need a root canal:

  • Persistent toothache
  • Pain while eatingThe tooth has cracked or broken extensively 
  • Sensitivity to cold and hot foods and drinks
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • The tooth has darkened
  • Pus is coming out of your tooth or gums

There may be some cases where the damage to the tooth is so extensive that a root canal may not save the tooth. In these cases, the tooth may need removal, however, we try to do everything possible to save the tooth. 

What Does Root Canal Therapy Involve?

Root canal therapy involves the removal of infected nerve tissue, bacteria and necrotic tooth tissue from the tooth, and a placement of medicaments and a sterile filling in its place. After root canal therapy is complete, it is recommended that your tooth has a crown, in order to strengthen it. 

To book in your root canal please call us at (02) 9233 7515, email us at prudentialdentist@gmail.com, or book online.