What is a root canal?
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.
A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems; pain and sensitivity are some of the first indications of a problem; but inside, a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, leading to an abscess.
Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; often the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.
Mild Pain during RCT used to be expected in few cases, depending upon the severity of the infection. However, with the latest available technology used at Surry Hills Dental Care, a root canal is as comfortable as getting a filling done in a tooth. The treatment is carried out with rotary canal shapers under guidance of the digital apex locator (end of tooth) sensor. This safely prevents perforations past the root or under cleaning if the roots are particularly long or curved. – that’s what we call Painless Root Canal Therapy
. RCT’s could be one or two sitting treatments depending upon the infection in the tooth. However, with the skill and dedication of our team of dentists and the world class technology employed, your RCT may be over in as little as one SINGLE SITTING without experiencing any pain.
When is Root Canal Treatment Needed?
Some indications for Root Canal Treatment are:
The chief benefit of root canal treatment is that a tooth that otherwise might require extraction, can actually be saved to contribute to a healthy and functional dentition for many years.
Severe sensitivity to hot and cold foods and sweets
Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting
Pain stays for a long time after consuming cold things
Pain that worsens when you lie down
Tooth pain refers to pain in the head and ears as well
Tooth sensitivity on consuming sweets
Swelling around the tooth
Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the root region