When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected or dies, root canal therapy is required to save the tooth. The pulp is a soft tissue made up of nerves and blood vessels. This pulp is contained in the pulp chamber, which extends from the middle of the tooth, down through the root canals. It becomes infected when bacteria invades the pulp. This can happen through a deep cavity, which allows bacteria through the enamel and dentin layers and into the tooth. Other times the pulp can die due to a fracture or a blow to the tooth. The infection can travel through the tooth and the tooth roots and into the jawbone, where it can dissolve the bone and form a painful abscess.
- Symptoms of an infected tooth:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tooth hurts with biting or if you apply pressure
- You feel throbbing, pain or swelling
- Bad taste in your mouth
- Or you might have no symptoms at all
How is a root canal performed?
At EVP Dental in East Victoria Park if we suspect root canal therapy might be required we will do a thorough examination, which may include x-rays and even a pulp tester which checks the health of the pulp. The required time to perform the root canal therapy will vary depending on the difficulty of your procedure.
The therapy will include carefully removing the infected pulp from the tooth. Cleaning and disinfecting the area which is then sealed with a filling to prevent future infection.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or discomfort, please call our team to arrange a consultation.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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