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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 invade 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

If you have an acute toothache, the good news is this is very often resolved immediately upon completion of your very first Endodontic Treatment.

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 will check the health of the pulp. The required time to perform the root canal therapy will vary depending on the difficulty of your procedure.

The Endodontic Treatment will include carefully removing the infected pulp from the tooth. Subsequently, we will clean & disinfect 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 an Endodontic Treatment consultation.

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