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Why extract a tooth when you can preserve your original tooth? Root canal therapy is a safe and effective treatment that is designed to save your tooth and restore back its original functions. Call Albany Dental at (07) 3264 9590 for a root canal consultation today!

When the pulp of your tooth is injured or diseased, this used to mean a tooth extraction was in order. That's because the pulp is connected to the root of your tooth. If it is diseased or injured, the tooth will become infected and rot from the inside out, and you risk losing the tooth altogether.

Thanks to root canal therapy, that is no longer the case. What root canal therapy offers is a safe and effective procedure that makes it possible to save your tooth and retain that beautiful smile. At Albany Dental, we believe in the preservation of your natural teeth, wherever possible. While there may be restorative methods that can be used to replace missing teeth, such as crown and bridge or implants, root canal therapy is designed to save your tooth and restore it back to its original condition without the need for teeth prosthetics.  

Contact Albany Dental for a thorough and professional root canal treatment. To make an appointment, call (07) 3264 9590.

What is a root canal?

Is actually a very common procedure that a dentist recommends to replace a damaged or infected tooth pulp.

The procedure involves the extraction of the damaged pulp in the root canal, the filling of the canal with a special compound, and then sealing the canal or protection. A crown is sometimes fitted over the affected tooth to strengthen and protect it.

What causes tooth pulp damage?

Tooth pulp damage may be caused by a variety of dental conditions, including teeth clenching, gum diseases, cracked teeth, crown failure, severe tooth decay and bacterial infection. Like for most dental ailments, early detection of tooth pulp damage is key to a successful root canal treatment.

What are some of the symptoms of tooth pulp damage?

One of the clearest symptoms that indicate a damaged or inflamed tooth pulp is pain. The inflammation causes a pressure to build up within the pulp cavity, giving rise to a sharp and spontaneous pain. The affected tooth may also be highly sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages. Other symptoms may include a swollen face; pain from chewing and biting, etc.  

That said, it might be difficult to assess the symptoms of pulp nerve damage as they may be very similar to other conditions. Each person may also experience the symptoms differently from another. That is why it is important to see a dentist as soon as they begin to surface. The dentist would be in the best position to identify the specific problem. 

What do the treatment procedures involve?

As the name suggests, a root canal therapy involves accessing the base of the tooth into the pulp chamber. This is important as the dentist needs to locate and remove the dental pulp. The next step is to clean and shape the root canal in preparation for the filling.

At this point, medications may be applied to the root canal to get rid of bacteria and prevent further infection. The patient may also be made to wear a nitrous oxide mask to relieve the pain and anxiety.

Depending on the situation, the dentist may leave the tooth uncovered or choose to cover the opening with a temporary filling to protect the tooth until the next visit. Anti-infection medication may also be provided to help contain the infection from spreading beyond the tooth.

After the temporary filling is removed, the dentist will proceed to clean and fill the pulp chamber as well as root canals. A crown is often placed over the tooth.

Although the dentist will numb the treatment area and provide sedation therapy to ease the pain and anxiety, patients may still experience some form of pain – whether real or imagined.

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