Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy and Endodontics
Root canal treatments are a common endodontic procedure to repair damaged or infected pulp, the sensitive tissue that serves as the tooth’s lifeline.
Root canal treatment (RCT) can sound like a scary or painful procedure but there is no need to be anxious.
Advancements in procedure methods and numbing treatments, combined with the personal care of the experienced Pitt Street Dental Centre team, make root canals painless and straightforward.
If you’re experiencing frequent pain or sensitivity in a particular tooth, it could be a sign you need to book a root canal treatment at Pitt Street Dental Centre.
What is root canal treatment?
Inside each tooth is the pulp, made up of blood vessels and nerves that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tooth’s dentine, or hard outer layer.
When that pulp becomes infected it causes pain and discomfort. Left untreated, the infection can spread throughout your mouth.
By removing the infected pulp and any decaying areas of the tooth, a root canal alleviates pain and prevents infection from spreading.
When would I need a root canal?
RCT is typically performed following the development of an abscess on the root of your tooth when pulp tissue becomes damaged or infected.
Infection or inflammation of the pulp can be caused by:
- Breakdown of a filling or crown
- A deep cavity
- Gum disease
- Crack or chip in the tooth
- Extreme wear
- Extensive dental work to the tooth
During a regular check-up your dentist will assess each tooth for signs of root canal damage and advise if RCT is necessary.
What is the procedure for root canal treatment?
While RCT can be completed in a single appointment, we may advise to complete the procedure over the course of 2 or 3 visits for best results.
Here’s how it’s done:
- An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chamber
- Infected pulp is removed, and the root canals cleaned and shaped
- Infected area is medicated
- Root canals are filled
- Crown opening is filled with a temporary material
Once your dentist determines the RCT was successful, a permanent porcelain crown will be placed to seal the tooth and give you full confidence in your bite and smile.
What are the risks?
Almost 100% of root canal treatments are successful the first time and require no repeat treatments. However, in the rare case an infected offshoot was missed, or a fragile tooth cracked during treatment, it may be necessary to provide further treatment.
Recurring infection is a highly unlikely, though possible, side effect of RCT if the infected root canal was not fully cleaned and sealed.
However, the benefits of RCT far outweigh any minor risks. Without treatment an infected root canal can cause serious infection, abscess, deterioration in underlying tissue, tooth extraction and severe pain.
Root canal treatments at Pitt Street Dental Centre are carried out with precision, care, and efficiency. We know it can be daunting in the dentist’s chair but we can assure you our highly experienced, accredited team are the best dentists in Sydney.
Book an appointment or contact our Sydney dental clinic to learn more about root canal treatments. And remember: we offer emergency appointments at any time to treat severe, sudden tooth pain.
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*Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.