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Root Canals

Saving A Decaying Tooth From Being Removed

You may not have heard of endodontics, but everyone knows about root canals.  Endodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the soft pulp at the center of a tooth.  If this pulp gets infected, you may require a root canal.

Root canals have gained a bad reputation over the years, but advancements in modern dentist equipment now make treatment a safe, fast, and pain-free way to save a dying tooth from being removed.

What Is Endodontics

Endodontics is the diagnosis and treatment of the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth known as the pulp.  The pulp is vital for the tooth’s health and proper functioning.  The pulp is made up of nerves, blood vessels and other cells, that provide nourishment and moisture to the tooth, and detect hot and cold temperatures.  

While most people think about a root canal being a treatment, it is the term for the hollow section of the tooth that contains the pulp.  The tooth itself is made up of the crown and roots.

Signs You Might Need A Root Canal

The most obvious sign you may require a root canal is intense tooth pain or swollen gums.  If the tooth is discoloured or has had a cavity previously, this may be an indication that something is wrong with the tooth pulp.

If any of these symptoms are noticed, you should call your dentist immediately.  Even if the tooth pain goes away, it might just mean that the nerve is dead and can’t receive signals.  If this happens, bacteria remain that could lead to the tooth having to be removed if left untreated.

How Is A Root Canal Performed

If you need a root canal, your dentist lets you know after an inspection and consultation.  The process of having a root canal is virtually pain-free and involves a few stages.

Cleaning

Your dentist first gives you a local anesthetic to numb the area and dull the pain.  The dentist makes a small hole on the top of the tooth and inside of the tooth and all infected or dead pulp is cleaned out.  

Filling

After your dentist clears the canal of any remaining pulp, the area is shaped and decontaminated with an antiseptic.  The canal is filled with a soft rubber-like material and the top is sealed off with an adhesive.

If multiple procedures are needed, this first filling may only be a temporary filling between procedures.

Protecting The Tooth With A Crown

Once the tooth has been filled, there is no more pain as the tooth is dead and nerve tissue has been removed.  The procedure, however, leaves the tooth more fragile than it was before.

To strengthen the tooth and make sure chewing causes no further damage, a dental crown is placed over the dead tooth for protection.

Root Canal vs Tooth Removal

The image of a root canal can instill so much fear, that some patients say they prefer to remove a tooth rather than get a root canal.  Keeping your natural teeth, however, should always be the priority.  

The root canal procedure doesn’t cause any pain.  What is painful is the tooth pain caused by the dying pulp before you have it treated.  The procedure stops the pain and lets you keep your natural smile intact.  

Removing teeth for any reason should only be done as a last resort.  Removing teeth comes with problems later on, as gaps in your teeth make them more likely to move around, and reduce their appearance.  Implants and other false teeth are expensive and need occasional replacement.  

Whenever possible, if you can save the tooth from being removed, you should.  A root canal will almost always result in saving the tooth.

How Long Does A Root Canal Last?

A tooth after a root canal can last a lifetime if you practice proper oral care.  Your tooth will function and feel like normal after your procedure, fixing both your tooth and your smile.  

At King Street Dental, you will get the best care possible.  Our dentists take the time to discuss your dental treatment and ensure they address any questions or concerns you may have, putting your mind at ease. 

If you are experiencing tooth pain, call us today and book in your consultation.

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Where To Find King Street Dental

King Street Dental is conveniently located at 67 King Street, Warrawong, next to Warrawong Library and Plush Furniture.

We have plenty of parking available on Carlotta Cres, at the northern end of Darcy Wentworth Park. Our practice is located at the corner of King Street & Hoskins Avenue.

We have accessibility parking available beside our building on the corner of King Street & Hoskins Ave. Enter via Hoskins Ave.

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