Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is a sequence of treatments to remove the infection from the tooth. The infected pulp and tissue is removed, and the tooth is carefully disinfected. The root canals are then sealed to prevent re-infection.
Common symptoms leading to Root Canal Therapy include:
- Jaw Pain
- Tender Gums
- Tooth Pain / Tooth Ache
- Bleeding Gums
In the situation that a tooth is heavily compromised from decay and therefore highly likely that an infection will occur, the dentist will suggest removing the pulp tissue to prevent future infection. This is known as a pulpectomy.
In most cases, the dentist will recommend the tooth to be fitted with a crown after Root Canal Therapy to further protect the weakened tooth, due to having the nerve tissue and pulp removed.
At Sydney Smiles Dental, root canal therapy is generally completed over two painless visits. After your first visit, you may feel mild discomfort for 24-48 hours when chewing on the tooth.. This discomfort is due to the anti-bacterial actions of the medication placed inside the tooth. After filling the root canals on your second visit, there should be minimal or no discomfort.