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Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is a common way to address an infected tooth, but the term “root canal” is sometimes a bit scary for some people. At Dental on York, our professional team can help you understand whether you may need root canal treatment, exactly what it is, and why it’s sometimes a crucial step in relieving dental discomfort.

If you are experiencing severe, persistent dental pain or toothaches, you should speak with a dental professional as soon as you can. You may or may not have an issue that requires root canal treatment, but you shouldn’t ignore dental pain. Located conveniently in the heart of the Sydney CBD, our team makes room for urgent appointments should you have a dental emergency.

What are root canal treatments?

A root canal is a procedure performed by a dentist or specialist endodontist.

Essentially, root canal treatment is the name for what happens when we remove the soft pulp from inside of a tooth. Once we’ve removed this tissue, we’ll replace it with a dental cement to refill the hole (a bit like a filling).

Depending on your situation, your dentist may also recommend a crown to reinforce the remaining tooth structure and prevent further damage. If so, you may need to come back for another appointment so your dentist can fit a crown for you. This crown will sit over top the entire tooth and help strengthen the remaining tooth structure.

Why would you need root canal treatment?

One of the most common reasons for needing root canal treatment is when there’s an infection within the tooth itself or in the surrounding gum. Or you could need one because of trauma or inflammation from a past cavity or deep filling.

For many patients, a common warning sign is dental pain or discomfort – in other words, a toothache. While dental pain can have many different causes, severe discomfort can sometimes be a sign of a problem that requires root canal treatment. But it’s important to note that, with some infections, you might not experience any symptoms at all.

In many cases, your regular check-ups and x-rays will help your dentist determine if you have an issue that requires root canal treatment, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms. In other cases, you may be experiencing symptoms that require quick professional attention, including:
• Discomfort in one or more of your teeth – dental pain can radiate, which may make it hard to pinpoint which tooth or teeth are hurting most
• Persistent or throbbing pain
• Sensitivity to extreme temperatures.

What happens during root canal treatment?

Typically, you’ll first receive local anaesthetic to numb the area. Then, the tooth is wrapped in a rubber casing around the outside.

We’ll then remove the soft tissue from inside the tooth. Once out, we use a special drill to thoroughly clean the inside of your tooth and its canals. This includes smoothing out of all surfaces and disinfecting the site.

Your tooth is now ready to be refilled. We do this with a special material known as gutta-percha, which is usually rubber-based. This substance fills the gap and blocks off the roots from further damage or infection. At the end of this procedure, the dentist smooths off the surface of the tooth, working with you to ensure you can bite down on it naturally.

After your treatment, you may need to stick to soft foods or liquids, but you’ll usually be able to return to your normal routine and diet within 24 hours of treatment. Your dentist will advise you on specific instructions for your circumstances.

If you have questions about root canal therapy, or if you’re experiencing any sort of dental pain or sensitivity, please get in touch with us

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