Root Canals Sydney Eastern Suburbs

What is a Root Canal?

Root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve or pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may happen.

Common reasons for Root Canal therapy:

  • Tooth decay invades the tooth, inside the nerve.
  • A tooth has become abscessed — also known as infected — from decay.
  • Trauma, such as a chipped or broken tooth, occurs and results in the exposure of the nerve.
  • A tooth is slowly dying, due to aging or past trauma that did not result in the need for treatment at the time of injury.

What is involved in a Root Canal procedure?

During your first visit to the dentist to perform a root canal, a local anesthetic will be applied in the area surrounding the affected tooth.

Then, your dentist will proceed to remove the tooth decayed areas, and clean out inside the tooth roots (root canals), removing the nerves inside. Finally, and special medication is applied inside the cavities and your tooth is sealed until your next visit. This is recommended to ensure there is no more discomfort or further infection.

In your next and final visit of your root canal treatment, your dentist will seal the canals with the permanent filling material. However it is important to highlight that after this kind of procedures, your tooth will become dry and brittle and easy to break. In these case, a dental crown is usually recommended to restore the tooth properly.