Root Canal Therapy (Endodontic Treatment)
If you have an infected tooth and are experiencing strong pain, you may require prompt root canal therapy.
What is root canal therapy
Root canal treatment, known as endodontic treatment, is the removal of the tooth’s pulp – a small, thread-like tissue in the centre of the tooth. The inside of the tooth can become infected due to a small fracture in its surface, which can cause bacteria to seep through and destroy the nerve fibres.
To save the damaged tooth, the diseased tooth pulp is removed, cleansed, shaped and filled to regain normal function.
Why save the natural tooth, rather than using a dental implant?
Here at Tewantin Dental Centre, the health of your mouth is our number one priority. Your natural teeth are better for your mouth than dental implants, as they cannot be rejected by the mouth. They also ensure the most stable connection to the jaw bone which can be imitated by a dental implant, although still not as cohesively as your natural tooth.
The inside of the tooth consists of dental cells, blood vessels, tissue fibres and nerve fibres. These are located in the hollow space in the central part of your tooth, beneath the dentine and enamel. Treating infected tooth pulp can save the tooth before it is too late and extraction is required.
Signs and symptoms:
- You experience spontaneous pain when che
wing or biting
- Your teeth feel sensitive toward hot and cold foods and beverages
- Looseness of the tooth
- The gum near the affected tooth appears to be swelling
- If you have pus surrounding the affected tooth
- If you experience facial swelling